Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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Rinaldo S. Brutoco


Rinaldo Brutoco is Founding President of the World Business Academy, a non-profit think tank and network founded in 1987 with the mission to educate and inspire business leaders to take responsibility for the planetary whole.  Since then, the Academy has continuously published cutting-edge articles and books that address the role and responsibility of business in relation to the critical moral, environmental and social dilemmas of the day.

Core areas of the Academy’s work include sustainable business strategies, the challenge of values-driven leadership, development of the human potential at work, innovative best practices within new business paradigms, and global reconstruction.  In 2007 Rinaldo co-authored his most recent book, Freedom from Mid-East Oil, a leading book on energy and climate change. He also holds patents for the design of an advanced aircraft that utilizes alternative energy and carbon fiber technologies.

A leading executive, writer, and keynote speaker for over 25 years, Rinaldo is widely recognized as a practical visionary, change agent, and futurist.  He was Co-Founder and COO of the nation’s first pay cable television operation, and CEO of one of the first companies to offer over-the-air TV transmission of major motion pictures.   He has served on the board of The Men’s Wearhouse, a $2-billion-dollar company, since its IPO about 20 years ago and on numerous non-profit boards, including the Gorbachev Foundation.

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Raymond G. Chambers


Ray Chambers is a philanthropist and humanitarian who has directed most of his efforts towards helping children.

He is the founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and co-founder, with Colin Powell, of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth. He also co-founded the National Mentoring Partnership and the Millennium Promise Alliance.

Chambers is the co-founder of Malaria No More. He is the Founding Chairman of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and is the former Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with William E. Simon.

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Deepak Chopra, MD


Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in mind-body medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Chopra has authored more than 80 books, published in more than 43 languages, including 22 New York Times best sellers. Two of his books, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind (1993) and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1995) have been recognized on The Books of The Century Bestsellers List. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Dr. Chopra #40 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine.

He serves as the Co founder of Jiyo, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.


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Chris Clarke


Chris Clarke is a social entrepreneur with a unique mix of vision, creativity, and global operational expertise. His core strengths include business and brand strategy, new product innovation, and creative thinking that, together, work to yield measurable and significant business results.

In 2002, Chris founded Nitro. As CEO and Chief Creative Officer, he and his team helped reposition the advertising industry by vertically integrating holistic industry offerings: innovation, brand strategy, traditional advertising, and digital advertising. Nitro quickly became a global network with a client base that included Mars, Nike, Unilever, and Coca-Cola. In 2009 Chris merged Nitro with Sapient, creating SapientNitro, which became the largest independent advertising agency and biggest digital agency in the world.

In 2011, Chris co-founded Pure Group, which is focused on inventing, investing in, and advising businesses that change the status quo. Today, Pure Group includes Pure Ventures, Pure Consulting, and Pure Media.

Chris is an active philanthropist and has been a board member for many great philanthropic organizations including Celebration of Life (founder), Malaria No More, Millennium Promise, and Goldie Hawn’s MindUp Foundation. He is also a current board member for Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man Foundation and Children of Fallen Patriots.


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François Ferré, Ph.D.


Dr. François Ferré is the co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences LLC, an investment and consulting firm. He is also the co-Chairman and co-Founder of AltheaDx, a privately-held company (spinoff of Althea Technologies) focusing on the development of  pharmacogenomic tests. Dr. Ferre was the CEO of AltheaDx from 2010 to June 2013.  Prior to AltheaDx, Dr. Ferré co-founded Althea Technologies and served as co-CEO from 1998 until 2008. He was a Director of Althea Technologies until April 2013 and has recently been appointed a Director of Ajinomoto-Althea after the acquisition of the company by Ajinomoto.  He also currently serves on the board of a number of private companies such as Biomatrica and Portable Genomics. He is co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of MD Revolution.  Dr. Ferre is also a Trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont CA. Dr. Ferré was the winner of the 2005 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category. Dr. Ferré is a leader in gene quantification and biomarker development in the fields of AIDS and Cancer research. In collaboration with Dr. Jonas Salk, he developed the first FDA validated quantitative PCR test for the assessment of HIV pro-viral DNA load in AIDS patients. Dr. Ferre has published several authoritative reviews on these topics, including the co-edition of a bestseller book on PCR with Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Cary Mullis. He received his PhD in molecular oncology from the Pasteur Institute, France, and did his post-doctoral training at the University of California, San Diego.

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Alan H. Fleischmann


Alan H. Fleischmann is President & CEO of the business advisory & strategic communications firm Laurel Strategies Inc., a global firm that advises CEOs and leaders across the globe. Previously, Fleischmann served as a Principal and member of the managing board and operating committee of the geopolitical consulting firm Albright Stonebridge Group, co-founded with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

For several years, he served on the board of directors of OFFITBank, the wealth management private bank. Fleischmann is also a Co-founder of ImagineNations Group, a global network that promotes youth investment, youth-led enterprise, and entrepreneurship, and was awarded the Goodwin Prize for ImagineNations’ global work to promote entrepreneurship in the developing world.

Fleischmann is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of the Atlantic Council, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Eisenhower Fellowships, and a member of the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Leadership Council. Fleischmann is a Trustee of the Phillips Collection art museum. Fleischmann serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Medical System and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Emergency Medical Center. He is a board member of the Rock Creek Park Conservancy and a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Fleischmann and his wife serve as members of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC) founded by David Rockefeller and are the parents of two children.

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Ajay K. Gupta


Ajay Gupta is a Founding Partner of Gupta Wealth Management, an independent, fee-only, registered investment adviser. Located in San Diego, California, the Firm currently manages over $500 million for more than 100 clients, primarily families, endowments and foundations. Most recently, Ajay lead the largest wealth management team for UBS in San Diego, CA. Prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch for high-net-worth families from around the country. Ajay is a graduate of Champlain College and Concordia University, earning a bachelor of commerce with a major in finance. He received the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation after attending the Advanced Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He also completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital (PEVC) program at the Harvard Business School and the Certified Private Wealth Advisor Education Program from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ajay is married and he and his wife have three children.

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Sara Harvey


Sara Harvey is the Chief Operating Officer of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She works directly with co-founder, Deepak Chopra, to inspire and guide a team of committed leaders to achieve on-going financial growth for the company in order to fulfill the company’s mission. Over the past 10 years she has been instrumental in developing the Chopra Center’s well respected lifestyle brand with leadership roles in event management, sales, marketing, and product development.   As a Chopra Center instructor certified in Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health/Ayurveda, and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga you will regularly find Sara teaching at events and programs.

Sara previously held leadership roles at American Airlines in Texas in a variety of departments including food and beverage, vacation packaging, and customer loyalty. Sara holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in Spanish/French from the University of Arizona.

She has lived in Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico and resides in California with her two beautiful children.

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Paul Johnson


Paul Johnson is a former managing partner of Johnson O’Connor Feron and Carucci, LLP in the greater Boston area. He has extensive experience in business advisory services, high net worth strategic planning, and estate and trust services. Paul recently completed service for the maximum terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hartwick College where he was chair of the Financial Affairs Committee.

Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of not-for profit organizations including Bethany Homes, a national leader in senior housing with services where he serves as Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee, the Boston Cardiac Foundation, the Strazzula Foundation in Boston and other organizations, including the Chopra Foundation.

Paul has committed significant efforts over the past 21 years as sole Trustee of a private foundation that provides education grants to inner city youth annually, supports summer enrichment program opportunities for students, and provides funding for youth development and education programs that have deep, lasting impact. His foundation also provides annual grants to organizations working to build and revitalize neighborhoods into healthy, happy places to raise families. His efforts providing much needed financial resources directly benefit the lives of parents and their children in the most underserved neighborhoods of the greater Boston area.

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Sonia Jones


Sonia Jones is a wellness advocate, impact philanthropist, and cofounder of Sonima Wellness and the Sonima Foundation. Her passion is achieving meaningful change in global communities by sharing best practices in health & wellness. The Sonima Foundation has contributed to the development and implementation of health and wellness curriculum in underserved communities and charter schools.

Sonia’s newest venture, Sonima Wellness, builds on the mission of the foundation to bring health and wellness to households across America by curating best practices in the health, wellness, and lifestyle disciplines. Sonima Wellness focuses on delivering educational and practical content in an easily consumable way to help the whole family “Live Better”.

Sonia is the mother of four children and a dedicated practitioner in the discipline of Ashtanga Yoga.

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Dolly Lenz


A former Vice Chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman, Dolly Lenz recently left the real estate company to start her own ultra-luxury sales and marketing firm. During her career, she has sold an unprecedented $10 billion in property, including her recent record-setting sales of a $57.0 million triplex penthouse to billionaire Rupert Murdoch and the New York Foundling’s $45.0 million West Village Mansion. Dolly has also managed the sales and marketing efforts of many of New York’s most illustrious properties including the Ritz Carlton at 50 Central Park South, the iconic Apthorp and Manhattan House condominiums, The Cipriani Club Residences, and 515 East 72nd Street.

Prior to her entry into the real estate industry, Dolly held various positions in the retail, motion picture, and insurance industries. She began her real estate career working in the listings department of a small mom-and-pop firm and was later recruited by Sotheby’s International Realty, where she spent over 10 years as their top producing broker. She was subsequently recruited by Andrew Farkas at Insignia Douglas Elliman and was instrumental in their sale of Douglas Elliman to Prudential.

Dolly is not only recognized for her business accomplishments, but also for her philanthropic pursuits. She serves on various charitable boards including the NYC Police Athletic League, an organization devoted to the growth and prosperity of over 40,000 inner city youth, The Lincoln Center Leadership Council, and The Chopra Foundation. Dolly is also a member of the U.S. Trust -Bank of America Business Advisory Board.

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Poonacha Machaiah


Poonacha Machaiah is co-founder with Deepak Chopra of JIYO, a social wellbeing platform. He founded ABOVE (A Bunch of Versatile Entrepreneurs) a R&D services company, co-founded the social enterprise WeightLess Project, and was instrumental in founding India’s social media start-up Qyuki, where he was CEO. With over 20 years of experience, Machaiah uses approaches from the commercial world and employs technology to tackle social problems. He has held senior leadership positions in global sales and business development with Sasken, Motorola, Visionael, Iridium, and Dimension Enterprises (acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000). He is also a mentor at XMedia Lab, a digital media think tank, and The Co-Foundry, Singapore.

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Magda Marquet, Ph. D.


Dr. Magda Marquet is the Founder and co-CEO of ALMA Life Sciences LLC, an investment and consulting firm. She is also the co-Chairman and co-Founder of Althea. She was co-President and CEO of Althea Technologies for ten years prior to the company’s acquisition by Ajinomoto. Dr. Marquet is also co-founder and Director of Althea Dx, a spin-off of Althea Technologies focusing in personalized medicine, companion diagnostics development and pharmacogenomics. Dr. Marquet has over twenty five years of experience in the biotechnology industry in the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to starting Althea, she held management positions at Vical Inc., Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Protein Polymer Technologies, Syntro Corporation, and Transgene. Dr. Marquet was Chairman of BIOCOM (2013-2014) and is Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. She is also a member of the UCSD Biological Sciences Dean Leadership Council. Dr. Marquet is an active angel investor, having provided early stage funding and advice for over twenty companies. She serves as a Board member for Sente, Independa, and Portable Genomics. She is also co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of MD Revolution. Dr. Marquet holds a Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France. Dr. Marquet has received numerous awards throughout her career. She was the winner of the 2005 Regional Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category, the Athena Pinnacle award , the Most Admired CEO award from the San Diego Business Journal and, while leading Althea Technologies, received several Best Companies to Work For awards from the San Diego Business Journal.

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Scott Maslin


Scott Maslin is a real estate executive with approximately 15 years experience as an owner, operator, general partner, and attorney. Currently Scott is the Director of New Business Development at A&E Real Estate, a multifaceted real estate firm located in New York City.  Prior to his current position, Scott was Director of Operations at A&E and helped transition the Company from a small localized owner and operator to one of the fastest growing real estate companies in the Northeast, and one of the largest rent regulated housing platforms in New York City.

Scott received a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Cardozo Law School, an M.B.A from Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Souls School in Manhattan, NY.

Scott lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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Suna Said Maslin


Suna Said Maslin is the Founder and CEO of Nima Capital LLC, a single-family office with private and public equity investing platforms. The firm has a flexible mandate to invest across the capital structure, across investment stage, and in any industry vertical. The returns of her private equity portfolio are in the top decile of the industry.

Suna received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Communications Studies from UCLA, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of two UCLA newspapers. She also received an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. Besides Suna being a Board Member at Harlem Village Academies, from which she received the Honoree Award for creating the Mindfulness
Program for the K-12 Program, she is a Board Member at Woodrow Wilson Foundation, where she initiated the National Scholarship Program for Muslim Women and a Board Member at ONEHOPE. Suna has also been honored by Girls Inc. and Michelle Obama for Women of Achievement 2015.  Suna is a class parent at All Souls and serves on the Board of the school’s Strategic Planning Committee. Last but not least, Suna endowed two full scholarships at Columbia University in perpetuity.

Suna lives in New York with her husband and two children.

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Fred Matser


Fred Matser, leading humanitarian and businessman, is the founder and co-founder of a wide range of charitable foundations that span the fields of healthcare, environment, conservation, peace, and global transformation. One of his bigger initiatives is StartFund, a fund that aims the empowerment of people in a sustainable context. This fund has co-financed about 300 projects in over 50 countries. Previously the director of one of the most successful real estate and project development companies in the Netherlands, since the last 30 years he concentrates on philanthropic projects aimed at inspiring individuals and groups towards the creation of a more functional society. He has been honored with several international awards for these projects.

In his humanitarian work he has initiated or contributed to a number of significant and original humanitarian projects including Peace Child, Child Alive Program for Red Cross, Fred Foundation, StartFund, Malaria No More, and The Twinkling Eyes Club. For his work, Fred has received several awards including the first international Caring Award in Washington, USA in 1992, which was later awarded to individuals such as Mother Teresa and Jane Goodall. He also received the Van Emden Award in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1995.

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Gina Murdock


Gina Murdock is a writer, yoga teacher, and community organizer. She is founder of the Aspen Yoga Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting community through yoga. She and her husband Jerry Murdock created and support the Mind, Body, Spirit Series at The Aspen Institute. Murdock is a master’s candidate in spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica and a founding member of The Chopra Foundation’s Self Directed Biological Transformation Initiative. She is also leading an initiative to create “The City of Well-being” in Aspen and The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Aspen.

Gina is an active board member of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and The Center for Living Peace in Orange County and Aspen, as well as an International Editor at Origin Magazine and contributor at Mantra Magazine.

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Michael D. Schley


Mike Schley is outside general counsel to The Chopra Foundation.  He has almost four decades of experience in financial, corporate, nonprofit, and business law. He advises charities, private foundations, and other exempt organizations on corporate governance and tax matters, and has helped write California nonprofit legislation. Mike has authored federal banking regulations, has been general counsel to a NYSE-listed financial institution, and has practiced with firms in New York, Washington, DC, and Santa Barbara. He has written or contributed to a report to Congress on the S&L crisis and law journal articles on banking, business, and tax-exempt topics, and speaks on these subjects. He is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law (1980) and Westmont College (1977).

Mike is the president and co-founder of the Mountain View School Foundation.  He is a past director & officer of the Nonprofit Support Center, Transition House (serving homeless families), the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, and other charities.  He

received the 2001 Richard Abbe Humanitarian Award from the Santa Barbara County Bar Association.  He is a GLG Scholar (Gerson Lehrman Group Law Council) consulting on nonprofit and corporate law issues.

Mike lives with his wife and their two young children in California.

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Paul Scialla


After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul Scialla’s interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to found Delos, which is merging the world’s largest asset class – real estate – with the world’s fastest growing industry – wellness. Since the company’s inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the sustainability movement, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world.

Paul is also the Founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard® globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation.

Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York.

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Jennifer Smorgon



Jennifer Smorgon serves as the  Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Chairperson of the Nomination Committee of The Chopra Foundation and is a founding member of The Chopra Foundation’s Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI).

She is passionate about and committed to addressing a range of community and Jewish causes around the world, as well as innovative approaches to health, the mind and the role of technology in humanity. Born in the United States and having strong connection to Israel, Jennifer holds a range of board positions and philanthropic pursuits around the world.

In Australia, Jennifer serves as an Executive Director at Trimantium Capital, where she focuses on Corporate Development and sits on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee. She is a board member on the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation, which is a non-profit organization committed to Australian and world-wide philanthropic pursuits. She serves on the Advisory Board of Genie Health, a technology company that creates active social experiences in the real world. Jennifer is also a meditation guide and teacher. She is a Co-Founder of 1 Giant Mind, a non-profit organization that is undertaking a global initiative to inspire 100 million new regularly practicing meditators in the world by 2020. She is also a Director of Australian Jewish Funders (AJF).

In Israel, Jennifer serves on the board of the Mem Foundation. She also works at an international level to foster stronger strategic regional and global relationships for Israel.

Jennifer holds a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and attended the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Columbia University.

Jennifer Smorgon lives in Australia along with her husband and their five children.

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Jeffrey C. Walker


Jeff Walker is Vice Chair in the United Nations Envoy’s Office for Health Finance and Malaria. He also currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Miller Center, CharityStrong, and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. He is a partner in Bridge Builders investment fund. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, was Chairman of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors, and was on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School. He is on the Advisory Boards of MIT Media Lab, UCLA Film TV and Theater School, Center for Contemplative Sciences at UVA (which he chairs), Columbia School of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Brookings Metropolitan Council, Blue School, The Tibetan Village Project,, and He is President of the 15 Central Park West Board.

He served as the Chairman of Millennium Promise, with the United Nations and Columbia University, an incubator to eliminate extreme poverty, and was the Chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello), where he still serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Jeff Co-Founded and was Chairman of Npower, an organization that provides shared technology services to nonprofits.

Jeff recently co-authored a new book, The Generosity Network, about new approaches to gather resources to address causes each of us are passionate about.

For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant, and a Certified Public Accountant.