Stuart Davidson, Chairman & Co-Founder, Sonen Capital
Stuart Davidson is the Co-Founder of Sonen Capital and provides strategic oversight to the firm’s overall activities. In addition, Stuart is a managing partner of Labrador Ventures, an early stage technology-focused venture capital fund. He has invested in over a hundred early stage companies. Stuart has reviewed and assessed direct impact investments and impact funds on behalf of asset pools for which he serves as trustee, advisor, or investment committee member. He is a founding board member and funder of Acumen Fund where he chairs the investment committee.
Prior to Labrador, Stuart founded and served as CEO of Combion, Inc., which was acquired by Incyte (NASDAQ:INCY). He was president of Alkermes, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALKS). He is a trustee of the Woodcock Foundation and served as a member of the investment committee of the Skoll Foundation.
Stuart graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He speaks French and German.
Matthew Diserio, President & Co-Founder, Water Asset Management
Mr. Diserio has been a guest lecturer on the water industry and water policy at the Brookings Institute, the World Bank, Harvard’s Kennedy School, Wharton Business School, Babson College and the Kellogg School of Management. Prior to co-founding Water Asset Management, LLC in 2005, Mr. Diserio spent 25 years in fund management and securities analysis at Diserio Partners LP, Schafer Cullen, Water Street Capital, PaineWebber and Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette.
Mr. Diserio graduated from Bowdoin College in 1981 with a BA in Government and History.
Constance Freedman, Managing Partner, Moderne Ventures
Rakesh Gupta, CEO & Co-Founder, KiwiTech
Joel Kanter, President, Windy City, Inc.
Mr. Joel Kanter has served as President of Windy City, Inc., a privately held investment firm, since July 1986. Windy City is owned by a series of Family Trusts that encompass Joel’s siblings, Josh and Janis Kanter, as well as their spouses and descendants. Over the past 30 years, the Kanter Family has invested in some 300+ early stage venture capital transactions, largely in the healthcare industry, and includes investments in life sciences, devices (orthopedic and dental implants, pain pumps, and catheters among others), service companies (including businesses that ultimately grew to become the Country’s third largest long term care company, third largest institutional pharmacy business, and third largest operator of veterinary clinics/hospitals), and several consumer health companies including Sonicare toothbrushes and Plax mouthwash .
Mr. Kanter serves on the Board of Directors of several public companies including Magna-Labs, Inc., formerly involved in the development of a cardiac MRI device; and WaferGen which is engaged in the development, manufacturing and sales of state of the art systems for gene expression, genotyping and stem cell research for the life sciences, pharmaceutical drug discovery and development for biomarker discovery and diagnostic products industries. He has also been designated by the National Association of Corporate Directors as a “Governance Fellow”.
Mr. Kanter also serves on the Boards of several private concerns including Dr. Tattoff, Inc., a professionally supervised laser tattoo removal company; Fibralign Corporation, which makes a collagen based BioBridge that allows for veins and other tissue to regrow where it has otherwise ceased to exist; First Wave Technologies, which has developed a pill crushing product for hospitals and nursing homes, and is developing a new ventilator for use in hospitals that will provide greater mobility and lower costs in addition to enhanced inhalation therapy; Mercator MedSystems, Inc. a company specializing in medical injection devices; and Serpin Pharma, a Company that has developed several peptides that appear capable of having dramatic impacts on diseases resulting from inflammation.
Sallie Krawcheck, Chair - Ellevate Network, Co-Founder & CEO - Ellevest
Sallie Krawcheck’s professional mission is to help women reach their financial and professional goals. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a just-launched digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, a many-thousand-strong global professional woman's network. And she is the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women.
Krawcheck has been named among the top ten of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People" list. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and of Smith Barney.
Bill Long, Managing Director, The ReThink Group
Bill Long is Managing Director of The ReThink Group and oversees our TAPx talent assessment tool. He brings to ReThink a broad range of experience in trading, financial markets and economics as well as in coaching investors, traders and athletes.
Bill began his career at the Dallas Fed where he rose to the position of Senior Economist and Director of Economic Information. In that role, he served as part of the team that prepared the Fed Beige Book. He next took on a leadership role at KPMG and then transitioned to Bear Stearns to work with the Chief Institutional Strategist, the trading desks and Bear’s top clients. When the crisis hit, he became a Director of Manager Research and evaluated more than 250 hedge funds across a broad range of trading strategies and asset classes.
Throughout his career, Bill has been a well-respected mentor and coach, including holding a license as a cycling coach from the United States Cycling Federation. He has also led numerous teams within the Federal Reserve and at KPMG on a project to develop sophisticated analytical software. Bill also brings an entrepreneurial side to ReThink having founded NetEvolution Technologies, Inc. in the early days of internet.
Bill holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. He received his Master of Arts and “ABD” in Economics from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics from the UNC-Chapel Hill. Bill is an avid cyclist and reader and is able to enjoy golf despite only playing occasionally.
Raúl Pomares, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Sonen Capital
Raúl Pomares is the Co-Founder of Sonen Capital, where he operates across the firm’s overall business activities, while focusing on client management and industry leadership. Prior to co-founding Sonen, Raúl served as a Managing Director at Springcreek Advisors, where he was in charge of the firm’s portfolio strategy. In addition, he was a Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Wealth Management, where he developed integrated multi-manager portfolios for institutional and high net worth clients. Raúl is an internationally recognized speaker and author on sustainability and impact investing.
He is the co-author of Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation, published in 2009 by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Raúl is editor and co-author of Evolution of An Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results, featuring Charly & Lisa Kleissner’s KL Felicitas Foundation.
Raul graduated from the University of San Francisco. He is fluent in Spanish.
Nicolas Rohatyn, CEO/CIO, The Rohatyn Group
Denise Shull, Founder & CEO, The ReThink Group, Neuroeconomist and Performance Coach
Richard Vaughan, CEO, Alloy Merchant Finance, L.P.
Richard serves as CEO of Alloy Merchant Finance, L.P. (AMF), a finance company providing mezzanine and other credit to middle market and smaller companies in the US and Mexico. Richard also serves as President of Pinto America Growth Fund, L.P. (PAGF), an investment company focused on building industry platforms serving the U.S. Hispanic market with supply chains and partners in the US, Mexico and Central and South America. Cockrell Interests Inc. and The George Kaiser Family Foundation are significant investors in and have representatives serving on the boards of AMF and PAGF. Prior to AMF and PAGF, Richard was a Managing Principal of Zephyr Management, L.P., a New York-based investment firm specializing in the global emerging markets. While at Zephyr, Richard led the firm’s private investment activities in Mexico (2000-2004) and Korea (1995-2000). Prior to joining Zephyr, Richard worked for Bankers Trust Company in New York in Global Investment Management and in the bank's proprietary Funds Management group. Richard is a graduate of Princeton University.