Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Kinvolved
A former NYC Department of Education high school history teacher, Miriam is CEO and Co-founder of Kinvolved, a social enterprise that has launched a movement to elevate student attendance. Miriam’s responsibilities include strategic planning and execution, business development and sales, fundraising and investor relations, hiring and managing a small team, public speaking, and more.
In the most recent fiscal year, the company’s revenues surpassed expectations, growing by more than 130 percent. Attendance among Kinvolved partner schools increased 13 times that of their peer schools.
Kinvolved has been featured in press, including the New York Times, and has won awards from The Robin Hood Foundation, Teach For America, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, and more. Miriam and her co-founder are winners of the Gratitude Award, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions to Public Service Challenges by New York University.
Miriam is co-leader of the Attendance Subcommittee for South Bronx Rising Together. She is also a mentor for the Social Innovation Initiative and Women’s Launch Pad at Brown University from which she graduated with a BA with Honors. She also holds an MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, an MA, Ed., from Lehman College.
Marti Adams Baker
Associate, Brunswick Group
Marti Adams Baker is an Associate at the global communications advisory firm Brunswick Group, where she focuses on crisis communications, corporate reputation, and cybersecurity preparedness and breach response. Marti joined Brunswick from the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, where she advised the Mayor, deputy mayors and key city agencies on day-to-day and long-term communications strategy and media engagement, first as First Deputy Press Secretary, then as Deputy Communications Director to Mayor de Blasio.
Prior to City Hall, Marti spent six years serving in key communications roles for President Obama, on both of his presidential campaigns and at the Treasury Department, where she was one of the 19 “Day One” staffers appointed to Treasury at the start of the Obama Administration at the height of the Financial Crisis. A native of McLean, Virginia, Marti is a graduate of Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History, and minored in French language and culture.
Vice President, Corporate Coverage, BNP Paribas USA, Inc
Andrew started his career as a junior business lawyer in Paris and Eastern Europe in 2007 for Gide Loyrette Nouel, before joining BNP Paribas as Relationship Manager in Kiev, Ukraine in 2010. Working with BNPP’s Multinational Clients desk, Andrew developed a portfolio of blue-chip US and European Corporates over 3 years. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium in November 2013 to join the Regional Multinationals Coverage team to cover the Bank’s largest US relationships for the EMEA region. Andrew has been working as a Vice-President for the US Coverage team in New-York since November 2015, working on some of BNPP’s largest US corporate relationships. Andrew is a graduate of Sciences Po (MA. Law and Economics in 2007, now Sciences Po Law School).
Marie-Laure de Bailliencourt
Director, BNP Paribas USA, Inc
Marie-Laure is an international banker, having spent the last 13 years working on trading floors in Paris, London and New York.
Today a Director of BNP Paribas USA Inc, she arrived in New York in 2013, leading a cross-border internal consulting team (a hybrid of McKinsey and BNP Paribas) on a transformation program which improved transparency, strategic prioritization and alignment to drive greater efficiency, effectiveness and ultimately revenues.
She was then asked to manage a newly created initiative within Capital Markets and was appointed Head of Marketing, Communication and Events and Head of Client Development for BNP Paribas trading activities in the Americas. She is also chairing and participating in several committees around Women in Leadership, CSR, Digital/Innovation and Employee Training for BNP Paribas Americas.
Marie-Laure’s specialty has thus become the constant and current transformation of international Capital Markets. Always passionate about global trends, she has not only travelled all continents: Marie-Laure was born and bred to a “cross-border environment” with an AngloSaxon mother (herself raised in America) and a French father born in Germany, brought up in North Africa and employed on several continents.
Her love of extra-curricular outdoor activities dates from university, when for several years she led the Challenge Spi Dauphine, a nonprofit team of 40 members organizing a one-week student/corporate sailing race, through many backpacking experiences across the world and all manner of sports. Today she is also looking at ways in which the world of business can do more to nurture philanthropic initiatives.
Marie-Laure holds a Masters in International Business from University Paris IX Dauphine and loves exploring our French and American cultural differences and perspectives, working to help both sides leverage each other’s strengths so that jointly we can make our planet not only truly “sans frontieres” but a better place for all.
George M. Birman
Investor, Eurazeo Brands
George Birman is an investment professional with Eurazeo, the Paris-based private equity firm. Based in New York, he is part of Eurazeo Brands and focuses on investing in high-growth consumer and retail brands. He currently serves on the board of directors of NEST Fragrances. Previously, he was with VMG Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm in San Francisco. Prior to VMG, he managed mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy at Heineken NV in the U.S. and Latin America. He began his career at Rothschild, where he worked on consumer and retail sector mergers and acquisitions.
He holds an MBA from The Wharton School, and an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute at The University of Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he majored in International Politics and spent a year on exchange at Sciences-Po Paris. While at Georgetown, he spent a year interning at the Embassy of France to the U.S., where as a part of the Press Attaché’s office, he focused on public diplomacy and developed a strong interest in the transatlantic relationship. He speaks French, Spanish, and Russian.
Senior Associate, Rothschild & Co.
Guillaume Bonnet is an Investment Banking professional at Rothschild where he serves international corporates, financial sponsors and sovereign entities on financial and strategic matters with a focus on cross-border situations. Prior to that, Mr. Bonnet worked at Deloitte in Transaction Services and Audit. He started his career as an R&D Engineer in charge of data analytics and software optimization for NetNames and the French Navy.
Mr. Bonnet has 6 years of investment banking and corporate finance experience covering over $50 billion of transactions, including 20+ IPOs, M&A, private placements and SPACs situations. He has advised on landmark transactions, including Alibaba’s IPO, Teva Pharmaceuticals’ financing package, the 3-way merger of SourceHOV, Novitex and Quinpario, the Canadian Government’s monetization of General Motors and Markit’s IPO.
Mr. Bonnet holds an MSc in Management and an MBA from ESSEC, France, and an MSc in Computer Science & Telecommunication from ISEN, France. He also studied at Duke University, USA and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is currently taking his FAA Private Pilot license. Mr. Bonnet serves as Reserve Officer in the French Navy and is in charge of raising awareness about defense & security matters within the Franco-American community in connection with the French Institute High Studies in Defense.
Managing Director, Eurovet Americas
After receiving his B.S from top rated French business school Neoma, Raphael Camp pursued a master in international politics and economics from elite school Sciences-Po Paris. Since graduating in 2001, Raphael has focused his career on growth and development, with an eye on marketing.
About starting off his career as an analyst at investment bank HSBC, Raphael recounts: “Analyzing the global CPG industry made me realize that the true value of a business lies in its ability to build a strong brand.”
This interest in value creation and entrepreneurship led Raphael to Kusmi Tea. He was a member of the founding team in 2003, and continued to grow in the organization in leading the European operations (2004-2009) and building the US division for the firm (2012-2017) Raphael Camp played a critical role in the success of the premium tea brand, now #1 in Europe in its price segment.
In parallel with his career at Kusmi Tea, Raphael has continuously invested in ventures in the areas of wellness and sustainability. From 2009-2012, he successfully participated in the acquisition and development of the air purification company, Air Sûr, a pioneer in the clean-tech industry. He is also a former member of Comité 21 and Club Horizons, two organizations committed to environmental impact and solidarity.
In 2012, Raphael established New York City as his base. He graduated cum laude from the MBA program at Columbia University in 2014, and plays an active role in different associations such as the Columbia Business School Retail and Luxury Goods Club.
In 2017, Raphael Camp joined the group Comexposium and became C.E.O for the Americas of its fashion division – a role that taps his keen understanding of the challenge of today’s retailers and wholesalers, and leverages his managerial talent. He says: “As retail goes through a fundamental shift into the digital world, I believe that brands can increase their revenues if they are able to meet both the leading brick and mortar stores and top online retailers at the same place. Trade shows are not only a marketplace for brands to accelerate their business, but they are also a platform to communicate to the press and to the consumers”.
International Development Consultant
Megan Carroll works at the United Nations. Previously, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow. Her work has taken her to five continents, notably to South Sudan and Sudan where she led the United Nations Development Program’s Democracy and Participation portfolio; served as Acting Director of The Carter Center’s Democracy and Conflict Resolution Programs; and Democracy and Governance Advisor to USAID/South Sudan, at a critical juncture when the mission transitioned from a U.S. Consulate to Embassy in a newly-independent nation.
Throughout her work, Megan has developed and maintained relationships with host government representatives, international and national NGOs, civil society, and donors. Earlier in her career, she managed Harvard University’s Scholars at Risk Program and taught in Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Megan holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College. After graduate school, she spent a year as a Sauvé Scholar at McGill University. She is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, and Truman National Security Fellow.
Vice President of Telecom, Media & Technology, New York Office, Lazard
Alex is a Vice President at Lazard and based in New York. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions advisory for clients in the global media, telecom and technology sectors. Prior to New York, he was based in Beijing for over four years where he worked on cross-border M&A and strategic advisory assignments for both foreign and Chinese companies. He started his career in finance in Paris. He is passionate about international business and policy issues, and has a strong interest in particular for international relations and global governance matters between the U.S., France and Asia. He also supports initiatives related to development and cultural exchange with respect to Cuba, where his mother was born. He is both French and American through his parents, and has lived in Asia for more than twelve years. He is an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris and Harvard Business School.
Executive Director, Columbia Genome Center
Olivier Couronne is executive director at the JP Sulzberger Columbia Genome Center, where he manages all aspects of the Next-Generation Sequencing Center’s activities, including technology improvement, quality control, workflow tracking, financial management, and business development. He is also responsible for all administration, financial management, and business development for the High-Throughput Screening Center.
Dr. Couronne’s background includes extensive experience in both genomics and entrepreneurship. After completing his PhD in information technology and theoretical chemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure, University of Paris, he pursued postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2001 he became a computational genomic researcher in the lab of Eddy Rubin at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute in Berkeley. While there, he led and completed the comparative analyses necessary to sequence three complete chromosomes in the context of the Human Genome Project, and was an author of 15 scientific publications. He later completed the Columbia Business School MBA program in Health Care and Entrepreneurship, and then founded his own company in cancer genomics.
Marie de Foucaud
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Richard Attias & Associates
Marie leads the 360 degree Marketing and Communications teams of Richard Attias & Associates, supervising the company’s communications strategies including PR, digital platforms, CRM activities, and marketing.
She brings international communications expertise from years in agencies before moving to a client-side role, building extensive knowledge and standards of excellence in luxury brands.
Marie was previously Worldwide Communications Director and member of the Executive Committee of Boucheron International, the French high-end jewelry brand belonging to Kering (formerly PPR Group). Alongside her day-to-day role, Marie was an active member of Kering’s Ethics Committee.
A French national, she began her career at Nike Communications, a PR firm based in NY, specialized in luxury brands. In 2000, Marie joined Publicis Etoile/ Dialog in Paris, where she built the external communications department. After joining Boucheron in 2005 to manage the Press Office, she was appointed PR Director in 2009, before holding the position of Worldwide Communications Director of Boucheron International. Marie holds a degree from the French business school ESSCA.
Founder & CEO, NAHER
A graduate from HEC Paris and the University Paris II-Assas, Julie moved to New York in 2011 and shortly after opened her art gallery. In 2014, she decided to pursue her passion for contemporary art as an art advisor and developed an international clientele of high-end art collectors. As a philanthropist, Julie has been supporting New York charities for many years, being very active at the Aperture Foundation, the Carter Burden Center, and Children’s Aid Society. Julie has also been involved in several French political campaigns.
Constantly imagining, designing and thinking through ideas in order to add value to existing systems and improve them, Julie founded NAHER in 2016, the first innovative and premium booking solution for hair services on the French market. The company plans to expand to the US and the Middle-East by the end of 2018.
Julie has a daughter, Stella, and is married to David Meneret, founder and CIO of Mill Hill Capital, a US credit hedge fund.
Claire is a lawyer at WilmerHale specializing in litigation and white collar defense. Prior to joining the firm, Claire clerked for the Honorable Richard J. Sullivan in the Southern District of New York and the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received her law degree from Harvard. While attending law school, Claire was co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal and an extern for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. She also interned in the legal department of Chanel, Inc., where she handled matters related to intellectual property, employment and real estate law.
Claire was born and raised in France until the age of 13 when she moved to New York.
CEO, Pristine Environment, Inc.
Shaun Gordon is CEO of PEFS, and sits on its Board of Managers. Prior to joining PEFS, Mr. Gordon was a co-founder and Chairman of Pristine Environments Inc. (“PEI”), which sold its assets to PEFS in February 2017. Mr. Gordon is also the Founder and Managing Partner of AGI Partners LLC, an alternative investment management firm that deploys capital in private equity investments and special situation opportunities.
Prior to founding AGI, Mr. Gordon was a portfolio manager at a global alternative investment management company based in New York. Mr. Gordon is an active mentor of high-risk youth and is involved in various charities focused on healthcare and entrepreneurship. He is a board member of Bronx Success Academy, a free, public elementary charter school for underprivileged youth. Mr. Gordon is also a member of the Board of Directors of Young Angels of America, an after-school mentoring program that fosters a culture of philanthropy in adolescent Americans. He also serves on the Advisory Board for The Resolution Project, an organization that develops socially responsible young leaders. Mr. Gordon holds a BS in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Managing Director, BNP Paribas USA, Inc.
Geraud is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the financial industry, in various role with BNP Paribas over the last 15 years. Skilled in management, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, financing and financial markets. Strong investment banking skills, high ethical and professional standards, and demonstrated entrepreneurship. His interest on transatlantic relationships translates in his current responsibilities, as he leads a group of industry experts that notably support EU businesses invest and grow in the US. But it goes much beyond – politics, innovation, culture, among others.”
Managing Director Nomura
Roy Kabla is a Managing Director and Global Head of Media & Telecoms in the Investment Banking Division at Nomura. Based in New York, he is responsible for driving the Firm’s corporate finance and M&A relationship effort globally in these industries. He is a member of the Firm’s Global IBD Executive Committee.
Mr. Kabla has significant experience across a broad range of investment banking solutions and has been involved in approximately US$200 billion of M&A and financing assignments in the media, entertainment and communication industries. Prior to his current position, he was Head of TMT, EMEA, based in London. Before joining Nomura in 2010, Mr. Kabla spent a decade at Lehman / Barclays in New York and London. At Barclays, he established its US Out-Of-Home Entertainment franchise with over US$10 billion of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and committed financings in the 18 months immediately following the 2008 Financial Crisis.
Mr. Kabla, a French citizen, started his career with TD Securities in Toronto focused on Canadian TMT, after earning a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University with Great Distinctions.
CEO, Les Trois Petits Cochons
David Kemp, CEO of Les Trois Petits Cochons, grew up in Westchester, New York, where he was inspired by several successful entrepreneur family members and fast developed his own entrepreneurial aspirations from a young age. In his role at Les Trois Petits Cochons, he successfully drives growth by managing business development and continuing to expand the brand vision, all while honoring the charcuterie and pâté company’s founding values and traditions.
Prior to leading Les Trois Petits Cochons, Kemp earned his Bachelor of Arts at Yale University where he studied economics, further amplifying his entrepreneurial goals. After graduation, he was inspired to join the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant to serve his country. During his service, he was awarded multiple medals for serving as an infantry officer for four years, including two combat deployments to the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Following his time in the Marine Corps, Kemp returned to school where he received his Master of Business Administration and graduated as a Baker Scholar in the top 5% of his class at Harvard Business School.
Later, Kemp became an executive-in-residence at Gemini Investors, searching for a company to invest in and to lend his perspective and business expertise. Soon after he met Alain Sinturel, Founder and CEO at Les Trois Petits Cochons. The two instantly bonded over their passion for food, and specifically French cuisine, which Kemp had grown to love when spending summers at his family’s vacation home in Normandy. Kemp and Gemini invested in Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Kemp began lending his knowledge and fresh outlook to continue to grow a brand he was passionate about.
As soon as the investment went through, Sinturel stepped down from his position as CEO, and currently maintains roles as Chairman and head of R&D, taste testing new innovations, overseeing development and quality control, and providing insight on key business decisions. Kemp was a perfect fit as Les Trois Petits Cochons’ CEO due to his personal connection to food, commitment, and passion for the brand. A true artist in the kitchen, Sinturel could see the incredible appreciation Kemp had for great food and its preparation, and their discussions about ingredients, recipe origin, and execution made it even more evident that he was putting his company in good hands. Kemp successfully leads the company and has smoothly transitioned the over-40-year-old brand to the next generation while continuing to uphold the tradition of making the highest quality pâté and charcuterie in the country using time tested recipes and premium ingredients.
With Kemp as CEO, Les Trois Petits Cochons continues to be the leading pâté and charcuterie brand in the U.S., growing over 20% a year and with the highest brand recognition by consumers. The products are available in 1,500+ specialty and natural retailers nationwide.
Kemp lives in New York and when he is not working, he enjoys skiing, CrossFit, traveling, the theater, ice cream, hiking, and of course, great French cuisine.
Partner, Paulson & Co
Andrew Klaber is a Partner at Paulson & Company, an investment management firm. Since 2002, Andrew has served as the founder of Even Ground (www.evenground.org), an international non-profit organization that annually provides more than 2,000 children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty with academic scholarships, basic healthcare, and nutrition in South Africa.
Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Andrew graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College, where he was a Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and First-Team USA Today Academic All-American, and received the David Everett Chantler Award for “best exemplifying the qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose” and Hadley Prize (valedictorian) at graduation. He earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and as the Dean’s Award winner.
Global Program Leader, Growth & Strategic Partnerships, IBM
Lexie Komisar is the Global Program Leader for Growth & Strategic Partnerships at IBM. In this capacity, she brings the power of IBM’s emerging technology to startups, developers, and students through new products and strategic alliances. She previously was the founding team member at IBM’s first Digital Innovation Lab, which incubated new digital businesses integrating Watson.
She has been recognized for her work by LinkedIn’s Next Wave as a Top Professional in Tech under 35 & Forbes 30 Under 30 in Consumer Tech.
Prior to joining IBM, Lexie previously served as associate director at the Clinton Foundation, where she created the Foundation’s first program focused exclusively on technology and innovation by working with Fortune 500 companies, governments and the start-up community.
In addition, Lexie serves on the board of advisors for Open Style Lab, a nonprofit in partnership with Parsons School of Design and MIT Media Lab, which creates wearable solutions using technology for, and with, individuals with disabilities. She is the co-founder of the LadyBoss Collective, and advises AskBigQuestions, a national initiative that she co-founded
Founder, Bespoke Education
Tim Levin is the founder of Bespoke Education, Inc., a tutoring and test-preparation company based in New York City with offices in NY and Paris. While growing up in New York City, Tim attended The Horace Mann School for fifteen years. He holds a BA in Psychology from Yale College and an MA in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tim has taught science and test prep for many years, from middle school through graduate school. Prior to founding Bespoke in 2004, he worked in the corporate offices of Kaplan Test Prep helping to train teachers and write course curricula. He is the original author of Kaplan’s GRE Biology retail book and currently an adjunct professor in the science department of SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2016, Tim handed the running of Bespoke’s day-to-day operations over to CEO Isaac Foster and his excellent administrative team.
Anne de Louvigny Stone
Senior Vice President, International Wealth Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management.
Her team, based in New York, services corporate executives and business owners, predominantly of European descent. Areas of focus include concentrated stock positions, company stock options, multi currency accounts, cross border generational planning, pre-emigration planning, philanthropic planning and retirement services.Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2000, Anne de Louvigny Stone worked for four years at American Express in New York, where she held several executive positions including Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Foreign Exchange Services Division. Prior to American Express she served three years at Eco-Emballages, in Paris, as Head of Strategic Planning, and five years at Bain & Co. in London and Paris where she specialized in serving the Private Equity Industry.Born and raised in France, Anne de Louvigny Stone holds an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), and a Master in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris.Anne de Louvigny Stone is a Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter. She is also President of the Association des Amis des Grandes Ecoles de France and a Director of Friends of IHES.In 2009, she received the award of the Knight in the Order of Merit, a distinguished recognition in France.
Chief of Staff, Société Générale
Estelle Merola is the Chief of Staff of Société Générale Americas, assisting the CEO and the Executive Committee in the execution of the Group’s strategy in the region. She is based in New York.
Estelle joined Société Générale in 2008 and has held several positions in Germany, France and the U.S. Notably, Estelle worked in the NY-based Internal Audit Team and served as Chief Operating Officer for Commodity Sales and Trading in the Americas.
Estelle holds a Master of Management from ESCP-EAP, a European Master of Science in Management from City University and a Diplom Kauffrau from Europäische Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin. Estelle also studied at the prestigious Prepa Henri IV, in Paris.
A former ballet student in Paris Opera School, Estelle is an art enthusiast.
Estelle lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband.
Jorge I. Montalvo
Associate Commissioner / Program Lead, Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI) / State of New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Administration
Jorge Montalvo has distinguished himself as one of the most entrepreneurial thinkers in public service. He employs his training as a chemist to take a “systems-based approach to make change and open opportunities for hard-working people.”
Jorge currently serves in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as Associate Commissioner for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In this role, he is the program lead for Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, a first-of-its-kind community effort to fight poverty with 16 localities throughout New York State. Jorge also serves as a policy advisor on immigration and refugee issues affecting New Yorkers.
Prior to his current promotion, Jorge served as New York State Deputy Secretary of State for Economic Opportunity. In this role, he is responsible for the oversight of many of the State’s anti-poverty programs and the State Division of Consumer Protection. Jorge created and oversaw the New York State Office for New Americans. The Office’s Opportunity Centers – 27 in total – have been heralded as the model for immigrant integration policy in this country. In their first three years of operations, the Opportunity Centers served more than 120,000 immigrants with English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages training; naturalization and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals assistance; federal immigration law and policies information and referrals; and business development training.
Previously, Jorge helped lead two state government agencies, created and oversaw the State’s Safe Toy NY toy testing program and served as the policy advisor to the NYS Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence. Additionally, he managed the New York City’s 2012 Olympic Bid’s corporate relations and volunteerism efforts and served in New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development office. Jorge graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in chemistry and spends his weekends teaching free GED and SAT prep classes to disconnected youth in the South Bronx.
Head of French Community, Homeis
Michael J. Naft
Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, Columbia University
Mike is a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, where his research and teaching focus on structural stigma, intergroup bias, and the U.S. criminal justice system.
Before coming to Columbia, Mike served as General Counsel at Treesdale Partners, an investment management firm based in New York City. Prior to that, he was an associate at Covington & Burling and Sullivan & Cromwell, where his work focused on complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory enforcement matters.
Mike received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, his M.A. in Social Psychology from Columbia University, and his B.A summa cum laude in Philosophy and International Studies from Emory University. He clerked for Judge Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a founding trustee of Bronx Success Academy 1, a charter elementary school in the South Bronx. Mike lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife and daughter
Founder & CEO, Proteus Capital Management
Mr. Raisner is a real estate investor and the Founder and CEO of Proteus Capital Management, a real estate private equity firm headquartered in New York City.
Under his leadership, Proteus has raised capital domestically and internationally since 2009 to invest in non-performing notes and property redevelopments. The firm pursues a value-add strategy and primarily seeks to make residential and mixed-use real estate investments within New York City. Most of the firm’s acquisitions have taken place in the ‘outer boroughs’, with an emphasis in the emerging Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Starting 2013, Proteus became involved in real estate venture capital investments, through its affiliate Proteus Tech Ventures.
Prior to creating Proteus Capital Management, Mr. Raisner worked as an equity trader for a hedge fund in New York and as a private equity investor in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In conjunction to being an entrepreneur, Mr. Raisner has been a contributor to numerous international and national media outlets since 2011. His articles have been featured in publications including Forbes, Le Monde, the Philadephia Inquirer, the Observer and The Huffington Post (U.S., Canada, France, Italy and Mexico editions).
Mr. Raisner graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he wrote a thesis on the Economic Impact of Yugoslavia’s Political Evolution.
He holds a MBA from Columbia Business School with Dean’s List honors, and attended Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires. He is a CFA Chartherholder and a Foreign Trade Advisor to the government of France.
He is a frequent lecturer at universities and conferences, and is involved in various New York City organizations committed to ending homelessness and economically empowering lower-income communities.
He grew up in Paris and is a native speaker of French. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He moved to the United States at age 19 for Division I athletics, and he played professional basketball prior to his career in business.
President – Treatment Solutions North America, SUEZ
Karine Rouge serves as the Senior Vice President for Global Services for SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions.
With extensive experience in the water industry, she is responsible for the strategic development of a broad portfolio of sustainable cutting-edge technologies, solutions and services aimed at solving the water treatment challenges faced by industrial customers globally. Karine joined SUEZ in 2010 as Chief of Staff, working for the Group Senior Vice President of Finance in Paris where she managed several organizational and acquisitions projects. In 2013, Karine moved into the role of Senior Vice President in charge of sales for the Smart Building division, achieving double digit growth in the smart monitoring of water and energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings. In 2015, Karine joined SUEZ in North America as President for Treatment Solutions which was integrated into SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions after the acquisition of GE Water by SUEZ in 2017.
Prior to joining SUEZ, Karine worked at Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division in London, Paris and Johannesburg, where she worked on various acquisition and financing projects.
Karine holds a M.S. in management from HEC Paris and a M.S. in economics from the Paris School of Economics.
Project & Acquisition Finance (US & Canada), Senior VP, Santander Bank, N.A
Karim Tami is a senior vice president with Santander in the group responsible for project and acquisition finance in North America, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy. He brings 16+ years of experience within the Financial Industry in corporate banking and financial markets in New York, Paris, and London.
Karim has special interests in Renewable Energy, Climate Change, History, Geopolitics, and Social Inequality matters. He received an MBA from HEC Paris, France. Karim lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and daughter.
Anna Thea Bridge
Director, Professional Development, Kramer Levin
A former practicing litigator, Anna oversees attorney professional development at Kramer Levin, a full-service law firm headquartered in New York with offices in Silicon Valley and Paris. Anna works with firm leaders and lawyers to develop and implement Kramer Levin’s innovative lawyer training programs, partner and associate mentoring initiatives, performance review processes, associate integration and orientation efforts, and other initiatives that relate to the associate and special counsel experience at the firm and support the firm’s strategic goals. In addition to coaching and developing the firm’s legal talent, Anna and her team oversee firm-wide CLE compliance and coordinate the firm’s substantial pro bono efforts.
Anna earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. She lives in New York City with her two children.