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Dr. Homaira Akbari is currently President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Big Data and Analytics, and Supply Chain Visibility.
A thought leader in the mobile, software and security sectors, Homaira brings extensive operating experience and deep domain knowledge to a broad range of high-tech industries. She draws on her international track-record including nine years of professional experience in Paris, London, Beijing and Cape-Town.
Homaira serves on the Board of Directors of several Fortune 500 companies including Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE: SAN), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO), and Veolia (Euronext: VIE).
Homaira has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including: Microsoft, Thales, SA, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari has served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS).
Homaira holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of numerous scientific and industry articles, two patent-pending inventions, and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. She is fluent in several languages including English, French, Farsi, and Spanish (conversational).
Homaira’s many accolades include being named by Washington Business Journal as among its list of “Women Who Mean Business.” Additionally, she was the recipient of several awards including: “SmartCEO Brava! Award”, the “Business Leader of the Year Award”, and the “NOVAEXEC Top 10 Business Women”. In 2012, she was awarded the Women in Technology “Global Impact Award.”
Throughout her life, Homaira has been active in and a contributor to many non-profit organizations. She currently serves as the Chair of Johns Hopkins University Physics and Astronomy Advisory Council. Together with her husband, they have established Akbari-Mack Postdoctoral Fellow Endowment in Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University.
Mike Bass is the Head of Customer Strategy for Ionic Security. He serves as a board advisor to Safeguard Scientifics, CloudMine and VigiTrust.
Prior to joining Ionic, Mike ran Global Security Strategy and Standards at Citi. He has over 25 years of experience in cryptography and security in financial services, healthcare and the U.S. military. Mike has a B.S. in Information Technology, and his experience includes tenures at Entrust, PGP, Certicom, Baltimore Technologies, NetLock, Montgomery Securities, Loral Space Systems, HP and the US Air Force.
Alfred R. Berkeley III
Alfred R. Berkeley III currently serves as Chairman of Princeton Capital Management, Inc., a registered investment advisor.
Al has over 40 years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972.
Al joined Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated in 1972 as a research analyst. He became general partner of Alex. Brown in 1983. From 1985 to 1987, he served as Head of Information Services for the firm. In that capacity, he was responsible for all corporate information services, including the firm’s back office and front office technology. Al then moved on to Alex. Brown’s Merger and Acquisition department, where from 1987 to 1989 he developed the firm’s technology practice. He became managing director and senior banker in the corporate finance department where he financed computer software and electronic commerce companies. After serving as Alex. Brown and Sons’ Chief Information Officer, Al became CEO of a public telecommunications software company.
In 1996, he was named President of NASDAQ. Al retired from NASDAQ in 2003. He is a Director of Realpage, Inc., the World Economic Forum, USA; Noxilizer, Inc.; Security First Corp.; Gentag, Inc.; ViiNet, Inc.and Differential Dynamics, Inc.
Al was a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and the Nature Conservancy. He served on the President’s National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was a trustee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and was a member of the Board of Director of WebEx Communication, Inc.; Policy Management Systems Corporation; ACI Worldwide; and several other companies.
François de Brantes, MS, MBA
François de Brantes is vice-president and director of Altarum’s Center for Payment Innovation (CPI), which designs and implements innovative payment and benefit plan design programs to motivate physicians, hospitals, and consumer-patients to improve the quality and affordability of care. CPI works with states, employers, health plans, and provider organizations, as well as national consultancies such as McKinsey and KPMG, to advise them on payment and delivery system reform.
Previously, François was the executive director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI 3), a nonprofit that merged with Altarum in 2016. As the executive director of HCI 3, François led the organization’s development and implementation of the nationally known Bridges To Excellence and PROMETHEUS Payment programs, which have been at the forefront of payment reform in the United States.
Previously, François was the program leader for various health care initiatives at GE’s corporate headquarters, responsible for developing and implementing GE’s Active Consumer strategy. François attended the University of Paris IX – Dauphine where he earned a MS in economics and finance, and he attended the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he graduated with an MBA.
François has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs and is frequently quoted in national media, including The New York Times. He has also published two books, the latest being “The Incentive Cure: The Real Relief For Health Care.”
Bruce is a highly accomplished, innovative, results-oriented and committed senior executive and board member, and is considered an innovation expert and thought-leader in industry, academia, and government.
His industry and board work span:
- The largest consumer products business in the world (Procter & Gamble);
- A high-tech company making a major shift in business (Nokia);
- A health care start-up (MDVIP);
- A small B2B company (Medpace) post successful IPO continuing to profitably grow;
- A mid-size B2B business trying to pivot out of a structurally-unattractive commoditized industry (Glatfelter);
- Government organizations (Singapore ASTAR, Presidents Advisory Panel); and
- Academic Institutions (Xavier University, University of Cincinnati Research Institute).
Bruce brings a unique depth and breadth of experience to his board roles. He is recognized as a master of innovation with deep expertise leveraging innovation and technology development to unlock business growth across consumer products brands, categories, and geographies. He also has significant experience and profound fluency across a breadth of disciplines, including strategy formation & execution, global operations & expansion, organization development, consumer & market understanding, and leveraging M&A to fuel value creation.
Bruce’s board work is diverse, spanning high-tech, manufacturing, start-ups, academia, and government. In high-tech, he and the Board drove the successful rejuvenation of Nokia (Director, 2012- current) as the company transformed itself back to a shareholder value creating enterprise through several strategic acquisitions & divestitures, operational discipline, and sound strategy work. In manufacturing, at P.H. Glatfelter (Director, Fall 2014 – current), he and the Board are working with management to pivot the company away from the structurally unattractive commodity paper businesses into a B2B engineered fiber-based products company. In the start-up & healthcare world, at MDVIP (Chairman of the Advisory Board, 2009-2014), Bruce partnered to help the company create a new consumer offering within healthcare before selling the company. Bruce recently joined the Board Of Medpace and is working with Management to continue to drive profitable growth and create Public Company Governance Systems post the successful IPO in Summer 2016. Bruce was appointed in 2011 by the Government of Singapore as a member of the Board of Directors of the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (ASTAR), giving him experience on how to operate within and through government agencies across the globe. Bruce has also served on the Board of Directors of Xavier University in Cincinnati since 2010, and as a Board Member of the University of Cincinnati Research Institute during its creation.
Bruce retired from Procter & Gamble in August 2014 after 34 years of service, including six years of service as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, he was responsible for the company’s Innovation & Technology Programs, its $2 billion dollar annual investment in R&D, and its R&D organization of ~9,000 global employees. During Bruce’s 34-year tenure in industry, he helmed the largest Consumer Packaged Goods R&D budget in the world, drove organic growth and new business creation globally, and created an ecosystem for sustainable innovation. Before his tenure as CTO, he worked in Europe & Asia driving international business expansions. He was also a critical leader in resurrecting two of P&G’s largest categories before his role as CTO. Bruce is globally recognized as an innovation thought leader. He has presented to the President of the United States, participated in Presidential Advisory Panels on Manufacturing and Innovation, and presented to members of the European Union parliament. Bruce has also been published as a feature author in Harvard Business Review and Research-Technology Management and was named a Business Week Top 25 Master of Innovation in 2010.
Rick is an active mentor, advisor, and investor with startups in areas as diverse as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, Artificial Intelligence, digital and additive manufacturing, and others. He is a frequent speaker and recognized expert on the Internet of things and advanced manufacturing.
Rick was the co-founder and CTO of ThingWorx, the world’s first platform for creating connected applications to enable the ‘Internet of Things”. ThingWorx was acquired by PTC in December 2013.
Previously, Rick was CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. Lighthammer was acquired by SAP in 2005.
He has held roles in plant operations, sales, product marketing, systems integration, and technology throughout his career, giving him a unique set of perspectives that help him guide and advise companies in these areas.
Randy Gaboriault is Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Development at Christiana Care Health System.
Randy chairs the Delaware Health Information Network, the nation’s first health information exchange. Randy is an adjunct faculty member at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
With global CIO experience spanning high-reliability industries from aviation to automotive, industrial and medical devices, Randy has lead IT through over $5B in M&A. He is a non-profit director for Tech Impact and serves on the Strategic CIO Council for Cerner, the nation’s largest health IT company. He previously served as an advisor to Siemens Health Solutions. Distinctions for innovation include four-time selection to CIO magazine’s, CIO 100; Computerworld Honors Laureate; Information Week “Twenty Great Ideas to Steal”; Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Award, HealthTech Research Alliance & Council, nomination as Healthcare Innovator of the Year; and Becker’s Hospital Review, 100 CIOs to know. The CIO Magazine Editor in Chief identified Randy as “an exceedingly rare triple threat CIO: equally talented at creating, managing and selling. Randy holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Temple University.
Todd Hewlin is a Managing Director at TCG Advisors, the leading growth consulting strategy firm in Silicon Valley, and a noted expert on digitization and business model innovation.
Todd is co-author of the books “Consumption Economics” and “B4B”, as well as articles in Harvard Business Review, Wired, McKinsey Quarterly, and Knowledge@Wharton.
Todd is regularly found in the boardroom of technology market leaders advising them on how to grow in a cloudy world. He is also a board member of talent network innovator TalentSky and an advisory board member of technology venture capital firm Safeguard Scientifics.
Prior to TCG Advisors, Todd ran the $1.5 billion product business at enterprise mobility leader Symbol Technologies. Earlier in his career, he was a Managing Director at Internet Capital Group and a Partner at McKinsey & Company
Sachin H. Jain
Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA is chief executive officer (CEO) at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan & care delivery system with $1.2B revenue & over 100,000 members in 8 states.
Sachin is also consulting professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a contributor at Forbes. He was previously CareMore’s chief medical officer (CMO) and chief operating officer (COO).
Prior to joining CareMore, Sachin was Chief Medical Information & Innovation Officer at Merck & Co. He also served as an attending physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center and a member of faculties at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. From 2009-2011, Sachin worked in the Obama Administration, where he was senior advisor to Donald Berwick when he led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Sachin was the first deputy director for policy and programs at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also served as special assistant to David Blumenthal when he was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Sachin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government and continued on to earn his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He trained in medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Medicine, earned his board certification, and continues to practice medicine at CareMore. He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science & Innovation; is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI); and an invited Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). He has published over 100 peer-reviwed articles and in journals such as the New England Journal, JAMA, Health Affairs, and was an editor of the book, The Soul of a Doctor (Algonquin Press).
Sachin is a native of Bergen County, New Jersey, but presently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Tim McDermott joined the Philadelphia Union as Chief Business Officer in January 2016. He oversees all of the club’s business operations, including working closely with their USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC who played their inaugural game in 2016, as well as the Philadelphia Union Academy.
Since joining the Union, Tim’s efforts have been focused on increasing the brand strength, fan base, and revenue opportunities. Tim launched the inaugural Fan Advisory Board, in an effort to provide fan feedback and input on a variety of topics to help create the best possible fan experience at Talen Energy Stadium and on official team broadcasts.
Tim previously spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Capitals.
For the Sixers, Tim served as the Chief Marketing and Information Officer. While with the team, his strategy led to the enhancement of the team’s digital and data capabilities, the unveiling of a new brand identity and the transformation of the team’s game entertainment through one of the first permanent, state-of-the-art 3D court projection systems in the NBA.
Tim also served as the Chief Marketing Officer at the Eagles. During his time, the Eagles were recognized by Forbes as the Fastest Growing Brand in Sports. Tim helped launch the Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer Campaign in 2004, which has since grown into a league-wide initiative. Tim also built a content strategy, which generated the team’s highest-ever cumulative TV ratings and transitioned philadelphiaeagles.com into its own scalable network. During his tenure, Eagles Television Network was nominated for 28 Emmy Awards.
From 2006-09, Tim led the Washington Capitals’ marketing and communications efforts. In his final season with the team, they sold out all 41 home games for the first time in franchise history. Tim’s time in Washington was marked with record increases in attendance, television ratings, merchandise sales and web traffic.
In addition to his experience in professional sports, Tim spent several years with Comcast in New Media Development incubating new business ventures, such as multi-room DVR, voice activated remote control, and home controls, utilizing advanced technologies. Earlier in his career, Tim served as Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing for the San Diego Chargers, and began his career in Corporate Sponsorships with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tim earned his MBA from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell, where he was a three-year letter winner in football. In 2011, Tim was named 40 under 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In 2014, he received the CMO Club Programmatic Marketing Award for demonstrated success using technology that leverages data science to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of digital marketing. His brother, Sean, is the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills.
Mark Pecen serves as CEO of Approach Infinity, Inc. and Chief Operating Officer of ISARA Corporation. Approach Infinity provides advisory services to several technology startups, private equity firms, major corporations and law firms. ISARA Corporation develops security products for next-generation networks and computing platforms.
Mark retired as senior vice president for BlackBerry, Ltd. where he founded the Advanced Technology Research Centre and helped to develop a significant portion of BlackBerry’s wireless and networking patent portfolio. He was previously awarded the title of Motorola Distinguished Innovator and Science Advisory Board member for his role in developing technology and standards for cellular wireless communication.
Mark holds board positions on University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing, École Polytechnique, Wilfred Laurier University – Lazaridis School of Business and Econoics, Canadian Digital Media Network, the Communication Research Centre (CRC) of Industry Canada and others.
Mark also serves as chairman of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Technical Committee for Quantum Safe Cryptography (QSC), located in Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE, specializing in next-generation security. Mark is also an advisor to the Canadian government and European Commission on wireless communication, intellectual property, research and standards.
Mark is an inventor on more than 100 fundamental patents in areas of wireless communication, networking and computing. Many of these inventions have been adopted in global standards, including for the Global System for Mobile Telecommunication (GSM), Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS), High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+), Long-Term Evolution (LTE) for 4G wireless and others.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Todd C. Rothenhaus MD
Dr. Rothenhaus joined athenahealth in 2011 and currently serves as CMO and SVP of Customer Success. Prior to his current role, he was SVP and General Manager of the athenaClinicals electronic health record service. Prior to joining athenahealth, he was Chief Information Officer of Steward Health Care (formerly the Caritas Christi) the largest community-based health system in New England.
Dr. Rothenhaus is a nationally recognized expert on the use of information technology in support of emerging care delivery models and the provision of safe and effective patient-centered care. He has served on a several national health information technology committees, including Health Level 7 (HL7), the ANSI Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), Integrating the Health Care Enterprise (IHE), and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. He has authored over 30 publications, and has participated in the development of a number of health care IT standards.
Prior to joining Caritas Christi, Dr. Rothenhaus served as Medical Director of the Newton Emergency Department of the Boston Medical Center, and was an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine where he was Assistant Director of the EM residency program. He also served on the Health Informatics faculty of Northeastern University.
Dr. Rothenhaus graduated with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at the George Washington University Hospital. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.
Michael has more than 15 years of operating and strategic experience in the health plan world.
As Senior Vice President of the Health Services Segment at Livongo Health, the leading consumer digital health company focused on improving care for chronic conditions, Michael is responsible for developing relationships and expanding services and business strategies with the United States’ leading health plans, payers, and risk-based organizations.
Michael joined Livongo in September 2016 after a successful career with Cigna, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including roles in Consumer Health Engagement, Analytics, Technology, and National Accounts. Most recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer for the New York/New Jersey Health Plan, where he focused on driving the transformation from volume-based to value-based care across key stakeholders, including employers, health plans, health care systems, and providers.
Chris Terrill, HomeAdvisor’s CEO, specializes in e-commerce, online marketplace structure, strategic planning, on-demand technology and company rebranding.
Chris is a seasoned Internet veteran with 16 years’ experience working for top tier brands such as Nutrisystem.com and Blockbuster.com. Chris also serves on the board of Realogy, the premier provider of residential real estate services in the United States, the National Kitchen and Bath Association board and the Board of Advisors for Denver’s high profile Quarterly Forum. He is also a member of the Business Experiential-Learning Commission which focuses on integrating work-based education and training into Colorado schools. In 2016, the Denver Business Journal named Terrill the Power Book winner for Technology, Telecom and Aerospace.
Chris has appeared on FORTUNE Live and spoken at conferences and events such as Denver Startup Week and the 2016 Street Fight Summit as an expert on brand positioning, concept development, organizational restructuring and online and offline marketing.
Brock Weatherup is the CEO & CoFounder of PetCoach—revolutionizing the Pet Health Care experience.
Brock is a CEO, entrepreneur, angel investor, builder of enterprise value and passionate advocate about the consumer and their interactions with digital media & Ecommerce. Brock is also managing partner of Atai Ventures angel investments, volunteer President of Philly Startup Leaders, co-founder of ICONYC (www.iconyclabs.com) an early stage NYC based Israeli accelerator, investor/advisor/board member for 7+ startups – VeryApt, SideCar, Social Ladder, Ethology and an industry advisor for VC firms EQT Partners, MissionOG & Safeguard Scientifics.
Previously Brock was SVP/Chief Digital Officer of PetSmart after selling Pet360 where he was CEO the prior 5 years. Brock was also CEO of Fathead and held several leadership positions with InterActiveCorp (Ticketmaster, Match.com, CitySearch, ReserveAmerica).
Brock is a board member of the Nature Conservancy – Adirondacks and a graduate of University of Colorado Boulder.
Lee Yohannan is an accomplished business, technology and community leader who is inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit, an energized core of associates and integrity as the foundation for growth stage companies success and evolution.
As the Founding Partner of Liquidhub, Lee draws on more than 25 years as a Community leader, CEO, Partner, Investor and mentor of growth stage companies. Liquidhub is a digital integrator that partners with businesses to improve customer engagement and drive growth. With operations in North America, Asia and Europe Liquidhub empowers the leading global healthcare and financial services companies through technology innovation. Mr. Yohannan is also the Partner and Executive Chairman of Paycommerce, Inc where he is responsible for Corporate vision, Capital structure and Governance direction. Paycommerce is a leading next generation cloud-based global payment platform. Paycommerce integrated solutions support multiple payment types and settlements across the globe. Mr. Yohannan was named the regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and was a national finalist in 2007.