Board of Directors
Dr. Jamie Younghee Sheen, Founder & CEO of naisA Global, Chairwoman
Dr. Sheen is a social entrepreneur, author, former research Associate Professor at American University and an expert in the field of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and TESOL.
She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK), and EdM and MA degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA degree is from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. She has authored a scholarly book on second language learning as well as published 14 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. She also co-edited a prestigious academic journal by Cambridge University Press. She has received several research grants and given numerous talks and seminars at professional conferences around the world. She’s currently serving on the U.S. Student Fulbright National Screening Committee and also a member of several academic journal editorial boards as well as the University Club, DC and the National Press Club.
Matt Garcell – Managing Director / Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Garcell is Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Matt’s client portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, technology, and media companies.
Mr. Garcell serves on the Board of Directors of Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership. In January, Mr. Garcell was named one of DC’s “40 Under 40” Rising Stars of Real Estate. He holds a degree in Hotel Management from Johnson and Wales University.
Tim Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote, Treasurer
Mr. Hwang is a technology entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for Government Innovation with experience building early-stage organizations and understanding complex policy issues. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, revolutionizing the way organizations interact with open data.
FiscalNote aggregates open and legal data from around the world and helps attorneys, government affairs, and compliance professionals operate their business and understand how the law impacts their industry. Launched in 2013 and raised over $18.3M in venture capital from NEA, Mark Cuban, Jerry Yang, Steve Case, Renren, etc. Tim previously served as the President of the 750,000 member National Youth Association, launching its financial services arm and pushing the agenda of young Americans in healthcare, education, and energy. He also served as the founder of Articulance Consulting Group, helping to launch a data analytics platform for small restaurants and Operation Fly. Inc. – a national 501(c)(3) organization that served inner-city children in underprivileged areas around the country. Previously, he was elected to the MCPS Board of Education leading ed-tech initiatives and pushing data-based decision making in a large urban school district ($2.3 Billion Operating Budget) of over 150,000 students and 22,000 employees after serving as a Field Organizer for the Obama for America ’08 Campaign. www.timothyhwang.com
Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Founder & President, US-China Education Trust
Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history, has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989.
From 1981 to 1988, Ambassador Bloch served at the U.S. Agency for International Development as Assistant Administrator for Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance and as Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, positions appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. She also was the Chief Minority Counsel to a Senate Select Committee; a Senate professional staff member; the Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency; a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and an Associate of the U.S.-Japan Relations Program of the Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Ambassador Bloch serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including: Asia Institute for Political Economy, the University of HK, the Atlantic Council, Council of American Ambassadors, US Asia Pacific Council, Meridian International Center, World Affairs Council, the Fund for American Studies, and Penn Mutual Insurance Co. She was elected as a Fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration and is on the Expert/Eminent Persons Register of the ASEAN Regional Forum, a member of the Woodrow Wilson Council, as well as Trustee Emeriti of the Asia Society, Honorary Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends Society of the Asian Division, Library of Congress, and Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Academy of Diplomacy, she also serves on the Edumasters International Advisory Committee and the Editorial Board of Berkshire Publishing Group’s Encyclopedia of China.
Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Co-Founder, President, & CEO, S&R Foundation
Dr. Sachiko Kuno studied biochemistry and biochemical engineering as one of a few Japanese female scientists. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan and has conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
In the mid-80s, Dr. Kuno joined her partner, Dr. Ryuji Ueno, and established R-Tech Ueno Ltd. in Japan to commercialize prostones, a class of functional fatty acids whose therapeutic potential was first identified by Dr. Ueno. Leading teams of talented scientists, Drs. Ueno and Kuno unlocked the therapeutic potential of prostones, leading to more than 650 international patents and successful launch of Rescula® eye drops, the first bioactive lipid ever used to treat glaucoma, in Japan.
Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud (Emeritus), George Washington University
Dr. Kim-Renaud is Professor ameritus of Korean Language, Culture and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She has received major research awards/grants and has been interviewed by various U.S. and Korean media, including the U.S. National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Korean KBS, MBC, YTN, and Segye Times.
She was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2000. Dr. Kim-Renaud has also received numerous awards: the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class (Taehanmin’guk Okkwan Munhwa Hunjang) for her life-time contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture; the Samsung Life Foundation in Korea as the Woman of the Year for Public Service; and the “New Writer of the Year Award” from the Korean Literary Society of Washington in 2012.
Cal Simmons, DC Chair, Tiger 21
Mr. Simmons has 30 years of experience in building small businesses as a Founder, CEO, Director and Financier. He is also co-author of “Every Business Needs an Angel” (Random House 2001). He is interested in acquisition opportunities or partners willing to build companies.
Cynthia McGee, SVP & Senior Private Banker of Wells Fargo’s Private Bank in Washington DC.
Ms. McGee has more than 20 years of experience in banking and lending. She specializes in wealth management services and tailored solutions that help meet client’s unique and complex financial needs.
Before joining Wells Fargo, she worked as Vice President of Bank of Georgetown Maryland lending team as well as Sovereign Bank’s commercial lending group in the Metro DC Market. Prior to that, Ms. McGee held lending positions with Citibank in Manila/Guam and Hibernia Bank in New Orleans. She serves on the Executive Boards of the Asian Real Estate Association (AREAA) and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition (PHC). She attended the Graduate Program in Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Ms. McGee also earned a Master of Business Administration from Divine Word University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics from University of the Philippines (UP). She currently resides in Potomac MD with her husband and 2 boys.
Danai Brooks, Managing Partner, Glen Echo Capital
Mr. Brooks is the Managing Partner of Glen Echo Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in small and medium-sized businesses in the industrial, business services and technology sectors.
Prior to founding Glen Echo Capital, He was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Dyadic, a public industrial biotechnology company. While at Dyadic, he designed and implemented a 3-year company turnaround plan, and successfully sold the business to DuPont. Before his role at Dyadic, Mr. Brooks worked in J.P. Morgan’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group where he led transactions in excess of $40 billion. Earlier in his career, Danai held various senior operations and engineering roles at Dell, Mars and Ford, with a focus on lean manufacturing implementation. Mr. Brooks has a BS and M.Eng in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Jim Liew, Assistant Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School
Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and FinTech Data Scientist.
He has published pioneering research in the intersection of social media big data and financial markets.He currently teaches “Big Data Machine Learning,” “Advanced Hedge Fund Strategies,” and “Leading Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman of the Johns Hopkins Innovation Factory and has received the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence 2015-2017. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Portfolio Management and co-authored the most read Invited Editorial “iGDP?”. He owns and operates SoKat Consulting, LLC. SoKat creates world-class Machine Learning / AI products and services primarily servicing large hedge funds, government agencies, academic institutions and select-startups. SoKat unlocks the hidden value of data through thoughtful and creative solutions, comprising of actionable business intelligence, transparent data analytics, and bold predictive modeling.Previously, Jim has been with the Carlyle Asset Management Group, Campbell and Company, and Morgan Stanley. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Finance from Columbia University. Newsweek’s AI & Data Science Advisory Board Member. He currently lives just outside of Baltimore with his wife and two daughters, who he plans to raise as the next generation disruptors.
Henry Kim, Vice President, Cardinal Health, Secretary
Mr. Kim is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Cardinal Health Medical Segment’s Hospital Services and Solutions business. His professional experience is a blend of consultant engineering, product development, product management, global and strategic marketing.
He has worked in the healthcare industry over 25 years for companies such as Baxter international, J&J DePuy Synthes, Hill-Rom, and Zimmer-Biomet. Some of his key achievements include development of highly clinical products for use in the adult and neonatal intensive care environment to launching a revolutionary internal fixation system for treating complex fractures that changed the enduring standard of care of 50+years. He has co-authored a publication in the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma, has also been quoted in BusinessWeek and is also a recipient of the Medical Design Excellence Award. Henry is an honors graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts Industrial Design program. He immigrated to the United States in 1973 and currently resides in the Chicago, IL area with his wife Ann and his daughter Audrey.
John Lin, President, CapStar Commercial Realty
Mr. Lin has been in the real industry since 1983. He founded CapStar Commercial Real Estate Services in 1994 and developed the organization into a recognized leader in leasing, tenant representation, property management, business valuation and acquisition, risk management, market analysis, and green energy.
Jeffrey Houle, Partner at DLA Piper
Mr. Houle, a US lawyer and English solicitor with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, has represented Fortune 500 companies and members of the Forbes 400 and has closed more than $8 billion in transactions.
Mr. Houle focuses on companies in the government services area, representing middle market and Fortune 500 companies in M&A matters. His clients include businesses and investors across a broad spectrum of industries, among them energy, government and defense contractors, technology, mining and mineral extraction, telecommunications, financial services, real estate, business process outsourcing, online gaming and manufacturing.
Based in Washington, DC, his experience is global in scope. He has represented clients on six continents and in more than 30 countries.
Nina Wang, Vice President/Senior Counsel, Greencourt Capital Inc.
Ms. Wang joined Greencourt Capital as Vice President and Senior Counsel. Greencourt Capital is a wholly owned Subsidiary of Shanghai Greencourt Investment Group Co. Ltd. Ms. Wang helped with the formation of W-G Capital, which is a venture of West Group and Greencourt Capital, and has been one of the five executive board of managers of W-G Capital.
Ms. Wang is in charge of the structure design of international transactions, tax planning, investment decisions and post-investment management of Greencourt Capital. In addition, Ms. Wang maintains relationship with investors and provides overseas real estate investment strategies and tax counseling services for Chinese investors.
Ms. Wang has approximately 20 years’ tax experiences. She worked in finance and tax planning area for Deloitte & Touche, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, IBM, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Computer Sciences Corporation.
Ms. Wang earned her LL. M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She is a member of the New York State Bar and a CPA licensed in New York State.
Professor Gwanwoo Lee, American University
Professor Lee teaches digital leadership/strategy and edge of IT to undergraduate students and project management to MBA students.
His primary research areas include digital innovation and digital transformation including the Internet of Things and digital health care, smart government, business model innovation, software development agility and complexity, project management, enterprise architecture, cybersecurity, and information privacy.
He has consulted for the World Bank and worked closely with IT executives from large U.S. organizations including 3M, American Red Cross, AMTRAK, Cargill, CSC, Deloitte, Freddie Mac, GAO, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IBM, Marriott, Medtronic, Northwest Airlines, Pfizer, and World Bank. He is currently an adviser to Samsung Economic Research Institute (SERI). His research has been published in MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Communications of the ACM,Journal of Information Technology, Information & Management, Government Information Quarterly, Information Technology and People, Journal of Information Technology Management, IEEE Pervasive Computing, International Conference on Information Systems, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Americas Conference on Information Systems, and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. He was the runner-up for the best paper award for OCIS division in Academy of Management Meeting in 2007.
Laura Beldin, Senior Vice President, US Trust
Ms. Beldin is a Senior Vice President at US Trust/Bank of America. Laura provides services & customized solutions to clients with complex financial needs including regarding investments, credit, banking and philanthropic and special assets management.
Bruce Goldberg, Partner, PwC
Mr. Goldberg is a Partner in the US firm since 1989, seconded to Seoul in May of 2009 and is now the Deputy Assurance Leader- Global for Samil PwC. He is responsible for delivering high quality, and at times highly complex, audits and business advice toclients across many industries.
In this career, he has managed diverse teams, for clients from start-upsto Fortune 100 organizations. He has extensive experience with SEC registrants and companies with global operations. Mr.Goldberg has assisted clients in numerous private and public capital raising activities, was the principle author of PwC’s Roadmap for an IPO: A Guide to Going Public, and has provided expert witness testimony on matters related to mergers and acquisitions. His responsibilities have also included being the market industry leader for Technology clients (1995-2002) and as a Risk Management Partner (2002 to present). He has been a team captain for numerous PwC -US internal quality reviews, PwC Global quality reviews and peer reviews of other Big 4 accounting firms. In May 2009 he moved to Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers and is the Deputy Assurance Leader-Global. In addition to being part of the quality team at Samil PwC, Mr.Goldberg is the Global Relationship Partner for a global consumer electronics company. He also serves as a key member of the team that connects Samil PwC with the rest of the PwC network.
Mr. Meng has more than 12 years of strategy and analytical experience spanning over industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Telecommunication and Public Sector.
Experience encompasses a broad array of analytical initiatives including predictive modeling, enterprise segmentation, underwriting, campaign design and measurement, primary research including acquisition strategy, response and conversion modeling, premium and claim loss modeling, pricing strategy and price elasticity study, credit risk control, credit policy design, account level prospect and customer life time valuation, segment based prospect and customer valuation, measurement and reporting. Known for thought leadership on strategy design and business application of advanced analytics with the end goal to deliver the optimal business results under constraints. Frequent speaker at leading industry conferences and forums. He has a MS and PhD from University of Texas at Dallas.
Ms. Fang is an award-winning journalist and former diplomat, with experience in communications and foreign policy. Now focusing on issues in Asia, she served until recently in the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, overseeing public diplomacy and public affairs for Europe and Eurasia.
She comes from an 11-year career in journalism, most recently as the Diplomatic Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Prior to that, she covered the wars in Afghanistan (2001-2002) and Iraq (2003-2004) for US News and World Report magazine. She started her career as the Beijing Bureau Chief for US News and World Report, where she won the Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for her story “China’s Stolen Wives.” She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, was a visiting fellow at Oxford University and a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong.
Mr. Liu is currently VP of NaviAsia Group, Executive Director for North America of Hurun Report, and the Founder of Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago-West.
He is a global business development executive adept at identifying, assessing, securing, and growing clients through outstanding networking capabilities and quality deliverables. He has served on the board of Standard Rubber Products Co. since 2007 and was previously Global eBusiness Manager for Bells Labs Lucent Technologies. As well as an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, Bill was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence, Waste Management Inc. in 1990. He holds an MBA in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from Northwestern University.
Dr. J.R. Reagan
Dr. Reagan is Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). The company has revenue of $34B, over 210,000 employees and operates in more than 150 countries.
As the senior-most information protection officer, he leads the next-generation design of the global security organization. In addition to his role at Deloitte, he serves on the Faculty at Johns Hopkins University (Carey Business School), Cornell University (Johnson Graduate School of Management) and Columbia University (Graduate Studies Mentor). He holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University and has been a guest lecturer on Innovation, Cybersecurity, Analytics and Marketing at Harvard, Wharton, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Northwestern, American and Southern Methodist Universities.
Dr. Lay Nam Chang
Dr. Chang is the former Dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech and Professor of Physics. Prior to this position, Dr. Chang was the Chair of the Department of Physics since 1995.
He joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1978 after working on the physics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania for 7 years. Dr. Chang has conducted research at MIT and the University of Chicago and has been a visiting scientist or visiting instructor at institutions of higher education in Denmark, British Columbia, Singapore, and the United States. Since earning a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, he has written extensively for refereed journals and has published numerous reports on his work.
Dr. Paul Y. Song, M.D.
Dr. Song is a physician, healthcare activist, and biotechnology executive who currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, a progressive online organization of 900,000 members.
He is on the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and is the Chief Medical Officer of ATGen Global, a privately held biotech company with a focus on immunosurveilance. Dr. Song is also a Senior Adviser at Berg Pharma, where he previously served as its Chief Medical Officer for the company’s first 4 years. Dr. Song serves on the executive board of Physicians for a National Health Program California, Liberty in North Korea, People for the American Way, and The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and was just named as an alternate to the California Coastal Commission by Speaker John Perez. Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago and did a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.
Duke Chung, Founder of Parature
Mr. Chung leads all aspects of the company’s global marketing strategies and corporate strategy to include overall branding initiatives and programs, product packaging and marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development. He co-founded Parature with a vision to provide superior customer support software accessible via the Internet.
Gary Cao, Vice President – Insight & Analytics, U.S. Venture Inc.
Mr. Cao is an analytics executive leader in decision analytics strategies and implementation. After building advanced analytics teams in multiple companies in a wide range of industries, he is now Vice President – Insight & Analytics at U.S. Venture Inc, located at Appleton, Wisconsin.
He was an advisory board member of Direct Marketing Association’s Analytics Council (2007-2012) and a contributor to “The Future of Direct Marketing” (published by DMA in 2009). In addition to a Master’s degree in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Cao holds an MBA from Tulane University, an MA in Economics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and a BA in Economics from Peking University.
Mr. Kuwajima is the CFO at Aoyama Shachu Corporation, a Japanese policy advisory and consultancy firm. His policy expertise is in Japanese political economy. Previously, as a Senior Associate for Dream Incubator in Tokyo, he provided strategy consulting for top-tier Japanese corporations in multiple industries (IT, Healthcare, Electronics and Private Equity), especially focusing on globalizing clients’ operations in Asia.
As a senior trader for Mitsubishi Corporation he led a multi-national team worldwide, managing African coffee sales while collaborating with governments and NGOs, achieving sales and profit increases in the millions. He is an Eisenhower Fellow, where his research on U.S. Business-Government Dynamics allowed him extensive contact with the corporate affairs departments of global companies including IBM, Boeing, Toyota, Honda, Microsoft, among others. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and MPA at Harvard Kennedy School, and also holds a Bachelor in Economics from University of Tokyo.
Henry Tam, Jr.
Mr. Tam is Managing Director of Financial Services at Neustar Inc., an innovator in real-time information services and analytics based in Washington, D.C. Previously he was previsouly VP and General Manager of Mobile Self-Service at Millennial Media, where he led revenue growth globally, growing the business to a multi-million dollar operation in 10 months.
As former VP and General Manager at Atlantic Media, he led the company’s global Innovation Center accelerating digital innovation and development across a host of publications. He is also Co-Founder and former CEO of American Learning Network LLC, a digital and live training platform for international executives. Mr. Tam has extensive experience in Asia, holding roles in business development, sales, and investments for the international departments of AOL, the World Bank, and The Washington Post. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a degree in Economics from Columbia University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Les Johnson, Chicago Economic Society, Booth School
Mr. Johnson has over 30 years experience leading and managing operations in the federal and state government and private sector. He has excellent working relationships with multiple government departments, associations and companies in the US and internationally.
Mr. Kuang is a successful business owner, seasoned senior executive, Amazon Best Seller and one of the Most Admired CEO’s in San Diego.
Mr. Kuang followed his entrepreneurial dream and started his own company in 2004. Now Torrey Hills Technologies has grown to a leader in the supply of quality microelectronics packaging components, such as copper tungsten heat sinks, to major manufacturers. From 2004-2013, Mr. Kuang led Torrey Hills to Rank #188 in INC500 Fast Growing Private Companies in America and Rank #2 in San Diego Business Journal 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego. Mr. Kuang was a three time finalist for the Most Admired CEO in San Diego. The company is now shipping world-wide to more than 60 countries. Mr. Kuang has been a long-term member of International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS). He served as IMAPS National VP of Membership. Mr. Kuang is recognized as an industry expert in RF/MW packaging, presenting many times in packaging conferences and winning the Best Session Paper in IMAPS 2000, Best Symposium Paper in ICEPT 2003, IMAPS President Awards in 2008 & 2012 and IMAPS Fellow of the Society in 2014. Mr. Kuang received 2013 Tibbetts Award in White House on May 16, 2013, cited for Excellence in Small Business Innovation Research.
Mr. Lench is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on representing, and conducting internal investigations for, U.S. and foreign financial services and public companies relating to matters before government law enforcement agencies.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Ken served for 23 years in several positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including as Chief of the Structured and New Products Unit. There, he supervised wide-ranging investigations into markets for complex securities, resulting in $1.7 billion in recovered funds for investors. Ken also spearheaded the SEC’s major auction rate securities matters, which resulted in some of the largest settlements in SEC history and provided for more than $60 billion in liquidity to tens of thousands of investors. Ken has spoken at several legal conferences in Asia and other international venues, and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School.
Mark Teitelbaum, Vice President, CBRE
Mr. Teitelbaum is an active business investor and is a first VP with CBRE specializing in tenant representation. He has 30 years of commercial real estate experience.
His clients include local and national professional firms, corporations and non-profit organizations. Throughout the last 30 years, Mr. Teitelbaum has participated in many entrepreneurial ventures and is currently a principal in various business and real estate ventures. He also sits on several boards in the capacity of Director and/or Advisor.
Ms. Agrawal is a sales and marketing executive and comes to us with 20 years of experience in building revenue, relationships and brands in business to business and business to consumer sectors.
She has worked extensively in business development, offline and online marketing, putting together teams and has a strong track record of adding value to companies. Currently, she consults with start-ups and mid size companies in Internet, Career/Talent, Hospitality and progressive educational non-profit space. Ruchira holds an MBA from IGNOU, India, a certification in Marketing from The Wharton School as well as a certification in Inspiring Leadership from Case Western Reserve University. She has written several business and career related articles and has been published in online outlets such as NYtimes.com, Monster.com and Examiner.com.
Dr. James Hahn, Professor of Biochemistry, The George Washington University
Dr. Hahn is currently a full professor and the former chair of the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University where he has been a faculty since 1989.
He is the founding director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computer Graphics. His areas of interests are: medical simulation, image-guided surgery, medical informatics, visualization, and motion control. He has over 20 years of experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams involving scientists, engineers, and medical professionals. His research has been funded by NIH, NSF, ONR, NRL, NASA, and a number of high-tech biomedical companies. He received his Ph.D. in Computer and Informations Science from the Ohio State University in 1989.
Sim Khan, Founder, Brimble & Clark
Mr. Khan is an attorney-turned menswear entrepreneur who left the practice of law to build a custom clothing brand.
It has now earned high praise from Details Magazine, the Washington Post, NBC and ABC News and has attracted a slew of celebrity clients including everyone from Redskins players Kirk Cousins and Pierre Garcon to the stars of the Twilight Saga and X-Men movies, along with top-10 charting recording artists like Diplo and DJ Snake among many others.
Dr. Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, Founder, ECF BioSolutions
Dr. Cho-Fertikh is Founder of ECF Biosolutions, a life sciences consulting practice specializing in therapeutic and medical device start-up company growth and development. The practice provides non-dilutive and dilutive fundraising, preclinical – clinical stage testing and business development counsel.
The consulting team is comprised of MDs and PhDs with expertise in oncology, surgery, neuroradiology, immunology and psychology. Dr. Cho-Fertikh’s commercialization expertise is grounded in 25+ years in cancer research, grants administration of therapeutic technology development programs for the Department of Defense and Cancer Prevention Institute of Texas, and science and business development positions at biotech start-ups. She is an Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology, a Board Observer for Kitotech Medical, and a member of the DC-CAAG angel investor group. She recently co-founded Carillon Biopharma, a cancer nanotechnology venture, for which she serves as CEO. Dr. Cho-Fertikh obtained her BS from Johns Hopkins, her MS from Georgetown and her PhD from Thomas Jefferson University.