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Funding The Next Wave: When Black Women Innovate

Funding The Next Wave: When Black Women Innovate

  The Billion Dollar Bytes™ are virtual events featuring leading VCs, LP investors, and thought leaders on fueling women-led innovation. This episode of Billion Dollar Bytes™ brought to you by Beyond The Billion™, powered by Booz Allen Hamilton, is a virtual...

Scaling Inclusive Innovation: The Role of Venture Capital

Scaling Inclusive Innovation: The Role of Venture Capital

The Billion Dollar Bytes brought to you by Beyond The Billion, powered by Mastercard is a virtual series focused on fueling women-led innovation. Today’s global economies are driven as much by their ability to innovate and adapt as they are by their ability to produce...

Fintech Defining The Future: Women At The Forefront

Fintech Defining The Future: Women At The Forefront

The Billion Dollar Bytes brought to you by Beyond The Billion, powered by Mastercard, is a virtual series focused on fueling women-led innovation. FinTech is changing not only the way we consume, but also impacting how we save, invest, and transfer funds. On a broader...

Funding Innovation in a Time of Crisis

Funding Innovation in a Time of Crisis

The Billion Dollar Bytes brought to you by Beyond The Billion, powered by Mastercard is a virtual series focused on fueling women-led innovation. The phrase is getting old, but the reality remains: we face an unprecedented time with the impact of the pandemic...

Cheryl Alston
Executive Director & CIO, Dallas Retirement Fund

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Cheryl Alston

Cheryl D. Alston is the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas ('ERF'), a $3.6+ billion pension plan for the City's civilian employees. Cheryl has over twenty-five years of expertise in the financial services industry. She serves on the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and is Chair of the Finance and Investment committee. She also serves on the board of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, CHRISTUS Health and Torchmark Corporation. In 2018, Women Inc. Magazine selected Cheryl as one of the most influential corporate directors. In 2011, Cheryl was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee and served two terms. She served as an Executive with CIGNA Retirement & Investment Services and Chase Global Services. Cheryl has an M.B.A. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Alston received awards from Institutional Investor magazine, D CEO Power 500 and the Dallas Power 50.

Anna Snider

Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence, CIO's Office, Bank of America

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Anna Snider

Anna Snider is a Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office (CIO) within Bank of America Corporation. In this role, she leads the Due Diligence team and is responsible for manager research and implementation guidance across all asset classes supporting Bank of America Private Bank and Merrill. She is a voting member of the Global Wealth & Investment Management Investment Strategy Committee (GWIM ISC), which sets asset allocation guidance. Anna also co-leads the Sustainable and Impact investing initiative for the wealth management businesses, focusing on investment solutions research and development, metrics and measurement.

Previously, Anna was part of the Alternative Investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a

senior analyst in the risk management division at Bank of America Private Bank. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management.

She graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM (CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City. She was cited within Barron’s magazine as one of “The 20 Most Influential People in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Investing” and is a Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.

Paul Conley

CEO, General Inception Venture Studio

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Paul Conley, PhD

Paul Conley brings more than 30 years of technology, development, commercialization and venture capital experience, including in U.S. national laboratory R&D, technology start-up operations, management consulting and technology venture capital across software, semiconductor and life-science sectors.  Since 2007 Paul has been a partner affiliate of venture capital firms that include Paladin Capital Group (PCG), Vertical Venture Partners (VVP), OMX Ventures and Genoa Ventures.  Over that time span, he has been responsible for all aspects of investment activities, including deal sourcing, evaluation and diligence, deal structuring and negotiation, and portfolio management.   He has been an investor Board Member for more than 40 companies, including QuantaLife (sold to BioRad), Twist Bioscience (NASDAQ: TWST), 10X Genomics (NASDAQ:  TXG), Ginkgo Bioworks(NYSE:  DNA), HealthTell (sold to iCarbonX), Intabio (sold to Danaher), Verodin (sold to FireEye), Arsan (sold to TA Associates), Inscripta, Menlo Microsystems, Sestina Bio, Nanocellect, Nortis Bio, TOMA Bio, Switchback Systems, Rubryc Therapeutics and many more.         

Paul brings a strong track record of investment experience in companies which operate at the intersection of physics and biology.   At Paladin, he founded the Digital Biology practice area in 2009 and has since led over a dozen life-science investments with applications in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and microbial research, as well as therapeutic discovery and diagnostics platforms.  Additionally, Paul invests against a thesis that a prior century of advances in the physical and computing sciences is underpinning an 21st century renaissance in the science and engineering of biology.  With a penchant for company creation around extraordinary scientists and their discoveries, in 2020, Paul launched General Inception (GI), a venture studio company focused on launching science-based companies.  GI is staffed with over 50 fractional executives and enjoys on-demand access to over 500 scientists and engineers with over 120,000 sq ft of lab space in Silicon Valley and Boston.    

Prior to beginning his venture capital career Paul spent several years as founding CEO of two venture-backed technology companies.  As founding CEO of AppFluent (acquired by Attensity), a pioneer in the in-memory database market, he contributed to the development of patented technologies and led all aspects of defining and executing a commercialization plan, including capital raising, team building and market development through to early sales ramp.  As founding CEO of BrightScale, a pioneer in the multi-core embedded processor space, he once again contributed to the development of patented technologies and led all aspects of the business through market entry and early sales ramp.   

 

Rebekah Woo
CEO, Pioneer Group of Companies & Former Senior Director, CDPQ

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Rebekah Woo

Born and raised in Singapore, Rebekah has more than 20 years of investing and business experience, spanning across government, major investment institutions such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, CDPQ and Fosun and family offices, with her current role as the CEO & CIO of a family office in Singapore.  Rebekah graduated from the UK, US and also has the CFA and CAIA professional designations.   With her education and experience, Rebekah also actively contributes to the broader investment and business community by volunteering at various organisations, such as BANSEA as the Vice Chair of the Board, Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) as the Committee member for Diversity and International Relations.  Rebekah is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs and diversity in companies.

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Rebekah Woo

Born and raised in Singapore, Rebekah has more than 20 years of investing and business experience, spanning across government, major investment institutions such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, CDPQ and Fosun and family offices, with her current role as the CEO & CIO of a family office in Singapore.  Rebekah graduated from the UK, US and also has the CFA and CAIA professional designations.   With her education and experience, Rebekah also actively contributes to the broader investment and business community by volunteering at various organisations, such as BANSEA as the Vice Chair of the Board, Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) as the Committee member for Diversity and International Relations.  Rebekah is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs and diversity in companies.

Cheryl Alston
Executive Director & CIO, Dallas Retirement Fund

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Cheryl Alston

Cheryl D. Alston is the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of the Employees' Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, Texas ('ERF'), a $3.6+ billion pension plan for the City's civilian employees. Cheryl has over twenty-five years of expertise in the financial services industry. She serves on the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City and is Chair of the Finance and Investment committee. She also serves on the board of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, CHRISTUS Health and Torchmark Corporation. In 2018, Women Inc. Magazine selected Cheryl as one of the most influential corporate directors. In 2011, Cheryl was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Advisory Committee and served two terms. She served as an Executive with CIGNA Retirement & Investment Services and Chase Global Services. Cheryl has an M.B.A. in Finance from the Leonard N. Stern School at New York University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Alston received awards from Institutional Investor magazine, D CEO Power 500 and the Dallas Power 50.

Anna Snider

Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence, CIO's Office, Bank of America

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Anna Snider

Anna Snider is a Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office (CIO) within Bank of America Corporation. In this role, she leads the Due Diligence team and is responsible for manager research and implementation guidance across all asset classes supporting Bank of America Private Bank and Merrill. She is a voting member of the Global Wealth & Investment Management Investment Strategy Committee (GWIM ISC), which sets asset allocation guidance. Anna also co-leads the Sustainable and Impact investing initiative for the wealth management businesses, focusing on investment solutions research and development, metrics and measurement.

Previously, Anna was part of the Alternative Investments group where she advised clients on hedge fund and private assets portfolio construction and became head of research for externally managed alternative investment fund of funds. She was also a

senior analyst in the risk management division at Bank of America Private Bank. Anna offers many years of investment and risk analysis experience, having held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, JP Morgan and UBS focusing on market, credit and operational risk management.

She graduated from Connecticut College. She holds the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM (CAIASM) designation. Anna serves as chair of the board for High Water Women, a foundation based in New York City. She was cited within Barron’s magazine as one of “The 20 Most Influential People in Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Investing” and is a Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow.

Paul Conley

CEO, General Inception Venture Studio

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Paul Conley, PhD

Paul Conley brings more than 30 years of technology, development, commercialization and venture capital experience, including in U.S. national laboratory R&D, technology start-up operations, management consulting and technology venture capital across software, semiconductor and life-science sectors.  Since 2007 Paul has been a partner affiliate of venture capital firms that include Paladin Capital Group (PCG), Vertical Venture Partners (VVP), OMX Ventures and Genoa Ventures.  Over that time span, he has been responsible for all aspects of investment activities, including deal sourcing, evaluation and diligence, deal structuring and negotiation, and portfolio management.   He has been an investor Board Member for more than 40 companies, including QuantaLife (sold to BioRad), Twist Bioscience (NASDAQ: TWST), 10X Genomics (NASDAQ:  TXG), Ginkgo Bioworks(NYSE:  DNA), HealthTell (sold to iCarbonX), Intabio (sold to Danaher), Verodin (sold to FireEye), Arsan (sold to TA Associates), Inscripta, Menlo Microsystems, Sestina Bio, Nanocellect, Nortis Bio, TOMA Bio, Switchback Systems, Rubryc Therapeutics and many more.         

Paul brings a strong track record of investment experience in companies which operate at the intersection of physics and biology.   At Paladin, he founded the Digital Biology practice area in 2009 and has since led over a dozen life-science investments with applications in genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, metabolomic and microbial research, as well as therapeutic discovery and diagnostics platforms.  Additionally, Paul invests against a thesis that a prior century of advances in the physical and computing sciences is underpinning an 21st century renaissance in the science and engineering of biology.  With a penchant for company creation around extraordinary scientists and their discoveries, in 2020, Paul launched General Inception (GI), a venture studio company focused on launching science-based companies.  GI is staffed with over 50 fractional executives and enjoys on-demand access to over 500 scientists and engineers with over 120,000 sq ft of lab space in Silicon Valley and Boston.    

Prior to beginning his venture capital career Paul spent several years as founding CEO of two venture-backed technology companies.  As founding CEO of AppFluent (acquired by Attensity), a pioneer in the in-memory database market, he contributed to the development of patented technologies and led all aspects of defining and executing a commercialization plan, including capital raising, team building and market development through to early sales ramp.  As founding CEO of BrightScale, a pioneer in the multi-core embedded processor space, he once again contributed to the development of patented technologies and led all aspects of the business through market entry and early sales ramp.   

 

Rebekah Woo
CEO, Pioneer Group of Companies & Former Senior Director, CDPQ

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Rebekah Woo

Born and raised in Singapore, Rebekah has more than 20 years of investing and business experience, spanning across government, major investment institutions such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, CDPQ and Fosun and family offices, with her current role as the CEO & CIO of a family office in Singapore.  Rebekah graduated from the UK, US and also has the CFA and CAIA professional designations.   With her education and experience, Rebekah also actively contributes to the broader investment and business community by volunteering at various organisations, such as BANSEA as the Vice Chair of the Board, Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) as the Committee member for Diversity and International Relations.  Rebekah is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs and diversity in companies.

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Rebekah Woo

Born and raised in Singapore, Rebekah has more than 20 years of investing and business experience, spanning across government, major investment institutions such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, CDPQ and Fosun and family offices, with her current role as the CEO & CIO of a family office in Singapore.  Rebekah graduated from the UK, US and also has the CFA and CAIA professional designations.   With her education and experience, Rebekah also actively contributes to the broader investment and business community by volunteering at various organisations, such as BANSEA as the Vice Chair of the Board, Singapore Institute of Directors (SID) as the Committee member for Diversity and International Relations.  Rebekah is passionate about supporting women entrepreneurs and diversity in companies.

Angela Outlaw-Matheny
Director, Investment Staff & Head, Diverse Manager Equity, Crewcial Partners

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Alifia Doriwala

Alifia Doriwala is a Managing Director at RockCreek, responsible for OCIO and Multi-Asset Class portfolios. She focuses on sourcing, directing, and managing relationships with public and private investments, as well as portfolio management, asset allocation, and investment decisions.

Prior to joining RockCreek, Alifia was an Equity Arbitrage Trader at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and modeling equity linked trades together with equity options. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch and member of the Financial Sponsor Group assessing the suitability of potential targets for private equity portfolio companies.

Alifia graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Economics and English and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a board member of the Georgetown University Global Business Initiative Advisory Board and a former Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at The Langley School. She is board member for the Teach for America-DC Region and Chair of the Teach for America Stewardship Committee.

Alifia is a frequent panelist and speaker at investment conferences focused on sustainable investing, diversity and alternative investments, and she supports various non-profit organizations focused on education and women’s initiatives.

Brenda Chia

Director, Paladin Capital Group

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Brenda Chia

Brenda is a Director at Paladin Capital Group a leading, global venture and growth stage investor in cyber security technologies. Paladin is based in Washington, DC , with offices in Palo Alto, London and Luxembourg. Brenda’s responsibilities include identifying and developing new opportunities for Paladin in the areas of LP relationships, investments, co – investments and exits. She is also a sought – after advisor to funds and companies with ambitious growth plans.

From 2007 until 2012, Brenda was a Founding Board member and the first President of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). She led AAAIM to national prominence as the diversity and inclusion advocate for Asian Americans in the investment industry. Brenda is the current Board Co – Chair for the organization. She provides tangible board leadership in setting the vision and pace for AAAIM, fundraising and building consensus around current key initiatives. She plays a major role in fostering the organization’s key relationships with U.S. public pension funds, endowments, foundations and Asian sovereign wealth funds.

While attending business school at Harvard, Brenda developed the strategy and ma rket approach to commercialize a proprietary technology for reconfigurable computing developed at MIT. The company, Silicon Spice, was funded by Kleiner Perkins, Cisco Systems and New Enterprise Associates, among others. Broadcom acquired Silicon Spice in 2000.

Brenda has broad U.S. and international experience developing and executing business, marketing, and operational strategies for emerging and established companies. She served as a case leader with The Boston Consulting Group in Boston and a project manager for Accenture in Asia and Europe. Brenda has worked abroad extensively in Singapore, London and Jakarta.

She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science, graduating at the top of her year with First Class Honors from National University of Singapore, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia.

Susana Garcia-Robles

Senior Partner, Capria

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Susana Garcia-Robles

Susana Garcia-Robles is a Senior Partner with Capria. She is a recognized expert on development finance innovation, an investor in seed and VC funds, and a builder of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In 2020, she left the Inter-American Development Bank where she was Chief Investment Officer and Gender Initiatives Coordinator. Today, in addition to her role with Capria, she is also Executive Advisor to the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA).

 

During her twenty-one years at the Inter-American Development Bank, Ms. Garcia-Robles was the principal architect of IDB Lab’s (formerly MIF/FOMIN) seed and VC investment program as well as its high impact entrepreneurship, angel investment and women’s economic empowerment strategies. She analyzed, coached and trained hundreds of seed and venture capital funds of the LAC region, and invested in ninety of them. She designed programs to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in most countries in LAC.

In 2012 she co-founded WeXchange, the first pitch-competition and platform of encounter for LAC women entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors. In 2019 she co-founded WeInvest Latam, a network of women investors. She continues mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs and early stage fund managers.

An avid supporter of ecosystems, she is a co-founder of the Argentinean VC/ PE association/ (ARCAP) and the Colombian VC/PE association/ (Colcapital). She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Brazilian VC/PE association/ (ABVCAP), the Future Perfect Ventures Fund, and the CITES company builder/fund, as well as the Board of Directors of Village Capital and the Investment Committee of Bancoldex Fund of Funds.

Susana earned a Master’s Degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Master’s in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University of Argentina.

 

Geoff Davis
CEO, Sorenson Impact

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Geoff Davis

Geoff Davis is an entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur and impact investor. He has founded, co-founded or advised more than 25 start-ups and investment funds, sat on 21 boards, and his work has helped more than 10 million people work their way out of poverty. He is currently CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, David Eccles Business School. Sorenson Impact combines impact investing, data science, policy and storytelling to drive capital to solve social and environmental problems. 

Additionally, he is currently Chairman of the board of Align17; investment committee member of the MIT Solve fund; board member of Summit Series Social Impact Fellows; board member at Arctaris Impact Capital, and Senior Advisor at Cicero Group

Prior to Sorenson Impact, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cicero Impact Capital, the private equity impact investing arm of Cicero Group, a top 15 global boutique consulting firm. Previously, Geoff led the Perpetual Education Fund and helped build Self-Reliance Services for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where his team gave 20,000 higher education loans each year and started 50,000 small businesses per year in 100 countries. Prior to that he was CEO of Unitus, a global pioneer in microfinance, and a founding board member of Kiva.org, a pioneering p2p lending platform. Earlier in his career he worked with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and helped launch the Grameen Foundation

 

Angela Outlaw-Matheny
Director, Investment Staff & Head, Diverse Manager Equity, Crewcial Partners

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Alifia Doriwala

Alifia Doriwala is a Managing Director at RockCreek, responsible for OCIO and Multi-Asset Class portfolios. She focuses on sourcing, directing, and managing relationships with public and private investments, as well as portfolio management, asset allocation, and investment decisions.

Prior to joining RockCreek, Alifia was an Equity Arbitrage Trader at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and modeling equity linked trades together with equity options. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch and member of the Financial Sponsor Group assessing the suitability of potential targets for private equity portfolio companies.

Alifia graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Economics and English and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a board member of the Georgetown University Global Business Initiative Advisory Board and a former Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at The Langley School. She is board member for the Teach for America-DC Region and Chair of the Teach for America Stewardship Committee.

Alifia is a frequent panelist and speaker at investment conferences focused on sustainable investing, diversity and alternative investments, and she supports various non-profit organizations focused on education and women’s initiatives.

Brenda Chia

Director, Paladin Capital Group

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Brenda Chia

Brenda is a Director at Paladin Capital Group a leading, global venture and growth stage investor in cyber security technologies. Paladin is based in Washington, DC , with offices in Palo Alto, London and Luxembourg. Brenda’s responsibilities include identifying and developing new opportunities for Paladin in the areas of LP relationships, investments, co – investments and exits. She is also a sought – after advisor to funds and companies with ambitious growth plans.

From 2007 until 2012, Brenda was a Founding Board member and the first President of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). She led AAAIM to national prominence as the diversity and inclusion advocate for Asian Americans in the investment industry. Brenda is the current Board Co – Chair for the organization. She provides tangible board leadership in setting the vision and pace for AAAIM, fundraising and building consensus around current key initiatives. She plays a major role in fostering the organization’s key relationships with U.S. public pension funds, endowments, foundations and Asian sovereign wealth funds.

While attending business school at Harvard, Brenda developed the strategy and ma rket approach to commercialize a proprietary technology for reconfigurable computing developed at MIT. The company, Silicon Spice, was funded by Kleiner Perkins, Cisco Systems and New Enterprise Associates, among others. Broadcom acquired Silicon Spice in 2000.

Brenda has broad U.S. and international experience developing and executing business, marketing, and operational strategies for emerging and established companies. She served as a case leader with The Boston Consulting Group in Boston and a project manager for Accenture in Asia and Europe. Brenda has worked abroad extensively in Singapore, London and Jakarta.

She holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science, graduating at the top of her year with First Class Honors from National University of Singapore, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia.

Susana Garcia-Robles

Senior Partner, Capria

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Susana Garcia-Robles

Susana Garcia-Robles is a Senior Partner with Capria. She is a recognized expert on development finance innovation, an investor in seed and VC funds, and a builder of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In 2020, she left the Inter-American Development Bank where she was Chief Investment Officer and Gender Initiatives Coordinator. Today, in addition to her role with Capria, she is also Executive Advisor to the Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America (LAVCA).

 

During her twenty-one years at the Inter-American Development Bank, Ms. Garcia-Robles was the principal architect of IDB Lab’s (formerly MIF/FOMIN) seed and VC investment program as well as its high impact entrepreneurship, angel investment and women’s economic empowerment strategies. She analyzed, coached and trained hundreds of seed and venture capital funds of the LAC region, and invested in ninety of them. She designed programs to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in most countries in LAC.

In 2012 she co-founded WeXchange, the first pitch-competition and platform of encounter for LAC women entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors. In 2019 she co-founded WeInvest Latam, a network of women investors. She continues mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs and early stage fund managers.

An avid supporter of ecosystems, she is a co-founder of the Argentinean VC/ PE association/ (ARCAP) and the Colombian VC/PE association/ (Colcapital). She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Brazilian VC/PE association/ (ABVCAP), the Future Perfect Ventures Fund, and the CITES company builder/fund, as well as the Board of Directors of Village Capital and the Investment Committee of Bancoldex Fund of Funds.

Susana earned a Master’s Degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and a Master’s in Philosophy and Education from the Catholic University of Argentina.

 

Geoff Davis
CEO, Sorenson Impact

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Geoff Davis

Geoff Davis is an entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur and impact investor. He has founded, co-founded or advised more than 25 start-ups and investment funds, sat on 21 boards, and his work has helped more than 10 million people work their way out of poverty. He is currently CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah, David Eccles Business School. Sorenson Impact combines impact investing, data science, policy and storytelling to drive capital to solve social and environmental problems. 

Additionally, he is currently Chairman of the board of Align17; investment committee member of the MIT Solve fund; board member of Summit Series Social Impact Fellows; board member at Arctaris Impact Capital, and Senior Advisor at Cicero Group

Prior to Sorenson Impact, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Cicero Impact Capital, the private equity impact investing arm of Cicero Group, a top 15 global boutique consulting firm. Previously, Geoff led the Perpetual Education Fund and helped build Self-Reliance Services for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where his team gave 20,000 higher education loans each year and started 50,000 small businesses per year in 100 countries. Prior to that he was CEO of Unitus, a global pioneer in microfinance, and a founding board member of Kiva.org, a pioneering p2p lending platform. Earlier in his career he worked with Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and helped launch the Grameen Foundation

 

Ginger Lew
Co-Founder, Cube Hydro Partners & Former Co-Chair NASDAQ Listing Review Council

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Ginger Lew

Ginger is the CEO of Three Oaks Investments, LLC, a n advisory services firm based in Naples, Florida.

Ginger was one of the co-founders of Cube Hydro Partners, and its predecessor company, Enduring Hydro. She served as Managing Director and General Counsel. She guided the company through an expansive acquisition period g rowing from one 6 Megawatts Western Pennsylvania hydropower plant and five employees to nineteen facilities, 374 Megawatts in five states along ten river systems with 130 employees in less than four years. She provided a broad range of advice and led critical regulatory and financial negotiations throughout the life cycle of the company. In October 2019 Cube Hydro was sold to Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, owned by Ontario Power Generation of Canada. She continues to provide consulting transition services to the new owners. In addition, since 2014, Ginger is a senior policy advisor to I Squared Capital, a $13 billion global infrastructure fund based in Miami, Florida.

Ginger has held numerous roles in federal government. She was the Acting Chief Counsel for the Western United States, Department of Energy. She was appointed by Secretary Vance to be Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia. When Bill Clinton was elected President, she served on the transition team and subsequently joined the White House Presidential Personnel Office with a focus on economic agencies. Ginger was nominated and unanimously confirmed as the General Counsel for the Department of Commerce under Secretary Ron Brown. She was nominated and unanimously confirmed as Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Small Business Administration under Administrator Phil Lader. Ginger worked on the Obama transition team as co-chair of the SBA agency team. She then joined the Obama White House National Economic Council as a senior advisor and focused on small business issues, entrepreneurship and women in the economy.

For ten years, Ginger was a member and Board Chair of the Slovak American Enterprise Fund – a US government authorized investment fund in Central Europe to promote small business and entrepreneurship. She was a managing member and venture partner of two venture funds in Washington DC. Ginger also served on the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council for ten years as a member and Co-Chair.

Ginger has also served on numerous corporate and not for profit boards including Yo semite National Institute (now NatureBridge), the Meyer Foundation, the Smithsonian Institute Travel Exhibitions, Asian Americans for Advancing Justice, and the East West Center. She is the Co-Founder of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers, a trade organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in the investment industry.

Alifia Doriwala
Managing Director & Co-CIO, Rockcreek

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Alifia Doriwala

Alifia Doriwala is a Managing Director at RockCreek, responsible for OCIO and Multi-Asset Class portfolios. She focuses on sourcing, directing, and managing relationships with public and private investments, as well as portfolio management, asset allocation, and investment decisions.

Prior to joining RockCreek, Alifia was an Equity Arbitrage Trader at Wolverine Trading, L.P., where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing, and modeling equity linked trades together with equity options. She started her career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Merrill Lynch and member of the Financial Sponsor Group assessing the suitability of potential targets for private equity portfolio companies.

Alifia graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Economics and English and holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a board member of the Georgetown University Global Business Initiative Advisory Board and a former Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at The Langley School. She is board member for the Teach for America-DC Region and Chair of the Teach for America Stewardship Committee.

Alifia is a frequent panelist and speaker at investment conferences focused on sustainable investing, diversity and alternative investments, and she supports various non-profit organizations focused on education and women’s initiatives.

Alexandra Poe

Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

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Alexandra Poe

Alexandra is a partner in Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Corporate Department. She has over 25 years of experience in investment management practice, representing investment advisers and institutional investors.

Alexandra counsels private equity, venture, and hedge fund advisers in all stages of their business, including fund formation, domestic and cross-border structuring, adviser registration, compliance program development, compliance training and advice, governance and fiduciary issues, closed-end fund registration and compliance, placement arrangements, marketing, client relations, side letter and seeding arrangements, implementation of liquidity strategies, blockchain utilization, including NFTs, and day-to-day trading and operations advice. She also advises clients as key or strategic investors in private funds, and in sponsoring or participating in managed account programs or other bespoke investment service platforms.  Further, she has represented financial industry clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, regulatory examinations, implementation of prosecutorial settlement agreements, governance matters and due diligence.

Alexandra also has considerable in-house experience in general counsel and chief legal officer roles, advising boards and C-suite officers on matters of consequence, including responses to government examinations and investigations, investor litigation, and fiduciary and auditor independence issues. She is a co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of High Water Women Foundation and chaired the HWW Symposium: Investing for Impact, in 2013 and 2014.

Cherie Nursalim

Vice Chair, GITI Group & Philanthropist

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Cherie Nursalim

Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of GITI Group, a diversified group with real estate development, manufacturing and consumer lifestyle presence partnering with world‐renowned brands throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Cherie Nursalim earlier worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School. She published an award‐winning book on an American‐Chinese Architect, and was among the co‐authors of a book ‘Indonesia Matters’ published by the World Economic Forum.

She serves on the International and Asia Advisory Boards for Columbia University and MIT Sloan School of Management respectively. She is Chairman of the United Nations Global Initiative SDSN in Southeast Asia that will be based in Kura Kura Bali Indonesia, serves on the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and the University of Indonesia Research Center for Climate Change and the Singapore Science Center boards. She is the trustee of the Tsinghua University Institute for Sustainable Development Goals, Institute of Philanthropy and among the founding trustee of the United in Diversity Forum. She is among the co founding members of the Global Philanthropic Circle with Synergos Institute in New York and Asian Philanthropic Circle Singapore. Cherie Nursalim is a recipient of Baiyulan Award from the Shanghai government and won Ministry of National Development award from Singapore government. She initiated initiatives for HIV AIDS awareness in Indonesia for GT organization which won awards from UNAIDS, International Labor Organization and the Indonesian government. A new Orchid species of Dendrodium was named after her as founding board of ‘Gardens by the Bay’ Singapore. Ms Nursalim serves on the Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce, ICC Research Foundation Board and ICC Academy.

She recently joined as advisory board to Teach for All and the Friends of the Oceans invited by the United Nations Envoy. Ms Nursalim is recently appointed on the advisory committee of One Belt One Road and as co‐chair of the Tri Hita Karana Forum on “Blended Finance and Innovation for Better Business Better World” co‐hosted with the Indonesian government.