Lenore Cooney is a Chairman and co-founder of Cooney/Waters Group and has spent more than 35 years in the practice of public relations and public affairs in the areas of health and science at the national, state or international level. She has directed crisis management programs around issues including animal research, biotechnology and food product safety and U.S. vaccine supply. Her product marketing work has encompassed nutrition policy issues and scientific support for food product healthfulness, cancer therapeutics and vaccines, infectious diseases, neurology, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, and women’s health.
Caterina Della Mora
Caterina Della Mora is the Chief Investment Officer at A2F Consulting, a global microfinance institution. Prior to this she was Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of GalloInvest, a Luxembourg based private equity firm where she was engaged on the transaction and deal side. Caterina also worked several years as Vice President for Meliorbanca, an Italian Investment Bank based in Milan. She holds a Masters of Finance from The London Business School as well as a Degree in Political Economics from Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy).
David Drake is the Chairman of LDJ Capital the founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series (“TSL”) which educates startups in the areas of capital formation and access. Mr. Drake is also the founder of and an Executive Committee board member at CfPA – a national and global trade association with the leading global crowd funding platforms as members. He is also a founding board member of the CFIRA, the leadership group heading up US crowd funding for equity developments. Mr. Drake’s sits on the advisory board of several non-profit organizations. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Marketing from the American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in Finance and an MA in International Law and Economics from George Washington University.
Michael Feigin is Corporate Vice President of Global Procurement and Travel for AECOM, a Fortune 500 multinational. Previously, Michael was a Managing Director for Navigant and the Global Construction Industry Practice Leader for Marsh Insurance Brokers. He also held several leadership positions with Canopy, Inc., WTC Captive, Bovis Lend Lease, and AvalonBay Communities. Michael sits on the board of several non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Albert J. Foreman
Al Foreman is a Managing Director of Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC. Mr. Foreman was previously Managing Director in the Financial Sponsor Group of J.P.Morgan’s Investment Bank, having joined as a Founding Member and the Global Head of Business Development for the Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Services group. Mr. Foreman also sits on the board of several nonprofit organizations. Al earned a JD/MBA from Arizona State University, and a BS in Finance from the University of Connecticut.
Paul is a Managing Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). Mr. Katz has focused on architectural issues of urban density and the important role of high rise structures as the building type of our century. Designing and managing award-winning projects in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, he has been at the forefront of the globalization of the architectural profession over the last 20 years. His architectural studies began in his native Capetown, South Africa, and he has degrees in architecture from both the Israel Institute of Technology and Princeton University.
Gregory Martin is a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s US Professional Practice Group with consultative responsibilities on derivatives and hedging accounting. Gregory has 20+ years of global financial product markets experience in the banking, broker/dealer, and insurance industries. Prior to Ernst & Young, Gregory held leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and holds an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School.
Denise Williams, Ed. D.
Dr. Denise Williams is an Adjunct Professor at the New York University and manages a private coaching firm where she improves the effectiveness of employees in a range of industries. She was previously a Vice President and Training Consultant at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Dr. Williams holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, a Masters of Science degree in Education from Northwestern University and a Doctorate of Education in the field of Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University.
Peter Williams – Founder/Executive Director
Peter is an architect and social entrepreneur who prioritizes the link between housing and health as an important means for improving the lives of the world’s poor. For over 10 years, he has worked on building projects on 5 continents and has taught at universities around the world. Peter holds two Masters degrees in African Studies and Architecture respectively from the University of Oxford and Columbia University, a summa cum laude degree from the City University of New York and a diploma from the University of Technology in Jamaica. Peter has received numerous awards for research including the Kinne Fellowship from Columbia University, which led him to form ARCHIVE. He has also been a visiting researcher at the UNAIDS Secretariat in South Africa and has worked for the World Bank. In 2009, Peter was named among the 22 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green and in 2011 he was recognized as one of London’s ’40 under 40 International Development Leaders’ by Devex. In the same year, Utne Reader also named him among the ’25 visionaries who are changing the world’. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the American Public Health Association and lectures widely on architecture, public health and international development.
Angela A. Aidala, Ph.D.
Dr. Angela Aidala is a faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Her primary interest is the intersection of economic, social, and cultural influences on health and illness among disadvantaged populations in urban settings including. Dr. Aidala also directs the Multiple Diagnoses Initiative which works with housing providers to better understand the reciprocal relationship between housing and health care among persons living with HIV/AIDS. Angela A. Aidala received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.
Peter Figueroa, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Peter Figueroa is Chief of Epidemiology and HIV/AIDS at The National HIV/STI program in Jamaica. Dr. Figueroa is committed to making HIV/AIDS care and treatment available in the public sector, while also paying close attention to HIV/AIDS prevention activities. Because of Dr. Figueroa’s dedication, HIV prevalence in Jamaica is among the lowest in the Caribbean region and stands as a great success in the face of predictions that called for the Jamaican and the eastern Caribbean HIV/AIDS epidemic to spiral.
With over 30 years of experience in design, architecture and urban planning, Michael Mutter has worked with communities implementing urban development and regeneration in demanding developing country environments. As a Senior Architectural and Urban Planning Adviser with the DFID, he has provided guidance to the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department resulting in the central DFID strategy for meeting the challenge of poverty in urban areas and the development of “The Inclusive City” philosophy. Mutter is also a senior advisor with United Nations HABITAT.
Kenneth Yeang, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth Yeang has over 30 years of experience in ecological building and passive low-energy design. He is the Director of Llewlleyn Davies Yeang (UK) and principal at T.R. Hamzah & Yeang, an international architecture and planning firm headquartered in Malaysia. Yeang is credited with achieving high levels of success in Asia with cutting-edge, environmentally responsive skyscrapers such as Menara Mesiniaga building. Dr. Yeang holds a PhD in ecological design from Cambridge University.