Board of Directors & Advisory Board

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Rinaldo S. Brutoco

DIRECTOR

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.

www.worldbusiness.org

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Raymond G. Chambers

DIRECTOR

Ray Chambers is a philanthropist and humanitarian who has directed most of his efforts towards helping at-risk children.  He is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Institute and co-founded, with Colin Powell, America’s Promise Alliance.  Mr. Chambers is the Co-Founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, Founding Chairman of The Millennium Promise Alliance and Co-Founding Chairman of Malaria No More.

 

Mr. Chambers is also the Founding Chairman of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center  He was the Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with William E. Simon.

In February 2008, the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Mr. Chambers as the first Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Malaria. The Secretary-General announced in June 2010 that Mr. Chambers had been appointed a member of his Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group, a collection of recognized experts, humanitarians and leaders convened specifically to advance the achievement of the MDGs. In February 2013 the Secretary-General expanded Mr. Chambers’ mandate as his first Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and in 2016, with the adoption by the UN of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Secretary-General appointed Mr. Chambers as his Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.

 

In December 2008 President Bush recognized Mr. Chambers with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work helping children worldwide. He was selected one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2011.

www.malariaenvoy.com

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Deepak Chopra, MD

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

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. For the last three years, Greatist.com recognizes Dr. Chopra as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness “.  The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked him #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine Fitness. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century”.

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, Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences,  Professor of Consciousness Studies at Sofia University, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.

www.deepakchopra.com
www.choprafoundation.org
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www.jiyo.com

 

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Chris Clarke

DIRECTOR

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.

www.puregrowth.com

 

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François Ferré, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR

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.

www.altheadx.com

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Alan H. Fleischmann

DIRECTOR

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.

www.laurelstrategies.com

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Neal Goldman

DIRECTOR

Neal Goldman is Chairman of Relationship Science (RelSci), an information service provider that maps the world of influence.  RelSci works with over 700 leading financial institutions, corporations, professional service providers, non-profits and universities to enhance their business development efforts.

Prior to RelSci, Neal co-founded Goode Holdings, an investment holding company with interests in the information technology and financial services sectors and is the sponsor of approximately $600 million of private capital funds focused on investing in middle market consumer companies.  Prior to co‐founding Goode, Neal was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital IQ, Inc. until its sale to McGraw‐Hill/Standard & Poor’s for $225 million.  Prior thereto, he was an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Lehman Brothers.

Neal is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Young Presidents Organization and a board member of Hatzalah.

Neal received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Columbia Business School.

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Ajay K. Gupta

ACTING PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR

With his conviction about the importance of independence, transparency, and objective advice, Ajay K. Gupta actively co-collaborates with high-net-worth individuals in developing and implementing cohesive strategies that address their financial, investment, insurance, tax, charitable, and estate planning needs.

Ajay K. Gupta serves as the Chief of Investment Strategy and board of director at Creative Planning, Inc., an SEC Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) with clients in all 50 states and abroad.   Prior to joining Creative, Gupta was founding principal of Gupta Wealth Management (GWM), a San Diego-based RIA after having lead San Diego wealth management team for UBS.

Ajay earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in finance from Concordia University.  He attained the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation after successfully completing the Advanced Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.  Gupta also completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital (PEVC) program at Harvard Business School and the Certified Private Wealth Advisor Education Program at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Ajay lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, son, and twin daughters.

 

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Sara Harvey

DIRECTOR

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.

www.chopra.com

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Goldie Hawn

DIRECTOR

Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author and children’s advocate. She is the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives.

Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Hawn began her Foundation in 2003, applying cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-12 that provides tools to help children self-regulate and understand their own emotions, moods and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; increase empathy; and improve academic performance.

Hawn authored two best-selling books, a memoir A Lotus Grows in the Mud, in 2005 and in 2011, 10 Mindful Minutes, offering guidance on raising healthy, joyful, and resilient children. In 2015, Hawn released 10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal, a practical application to her last book, offering prompts and exercises to enhance the reader’s daily life through mindfulness practice.

Goldie has lived with and loved her partner Kurt Russell for 30 years and has four grown children, Oliver and Kate Hudson, Wyatt Russell and stepson Boston Russell. They have been blessed with five grandchildren. Hawn believes, “children light the path to joy” and has dedicated much of her life’s work to creating innovative solutions to help children thrive.

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Merritt Charles (“Chuck”) Horning

DIRECTOR

Merritt Charles (“Chuck”) Horning is Chairman of Newport Federal.  Horning spends much of his time on his ranches in Hawaii and the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills near his childhood home of Chico, California.  His passions include land and wildlife preservation and restoration, and seeking a science-based approach to advance health and governance.

Horning’s late father, Merritt Horning, M.D, devoted most of his life to understanding the effect of lifestyle and diet on wellness and longevity, including the relationship of soil quality to health.  The Lassen Foundation, which Dr. Horning founded in 1954, was a pioneer in research and education concerning wellness and soil nutritive depletion.    carolyn@chopra.com

In 2015 Horning launched the first annual Integrated Health and Wellness Summit at the Telluride Ski Resort which he acquired in 2003.  The Summit was the first of a series of planned conferences and symposia focused on gathering the best available science to improve the quality of life and reduce the health care costs.

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Dr. Silviu Itescu

DIRECTOR

Dr. Itescu has served on the Board of Directors of Mesoblast since the Company’s founding in 2004, was Executive Director from 2007, and became Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director in 2011. Prior to founding Mesoblast in 2004, he established an international reputation as a physician scientist in the fields of stem cell biology, autoimmune diseases, organ transplantation, and heart failure. Dr. Itescu has been a faculty member of Columbia University in New York, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University in Australia. In 2013, Dr. Itescu received the inaugural Key Innovator Award from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture for his leadership in translational science and clinical medicine in relation to adult stem cell therapy. In 2011, he was named BioSpectrum Asia Person of the Year. Dr. Itescu has consulted for various international pharmaceutical companies, has been an adviser to biotechnology and health care investor groups, and has served on the Board of Directors of several publicly-listed life sciences companies.

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Paul Johnson

TREASURER & SECRETARY, DIRECTOR

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.

www.jocllp.com

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Sonia Jones

DIRECTOR

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.

www.sonimawellnesscenter.com
www.sonimafoundation.org

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Dolly Lenz

DIRECTOR

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.

www.dollylenz.com

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Poonacha Machaiah

ADVISORY BOARD

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.

www.jiyo.com

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Magda Marquet, Ph. D.

ADVISORY BOARD

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.

www.altheadx.com

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Scott Maslin

ADVISORY BOARD

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

DIRECTOR

Suna Said Maslin is the Founder and CEO of Nima Capital LLC, a single-family office with private and public equity investing platforms as well as a fund of funds. The firm has a flexible mandate to invest across the capital structure, investment stages, and in any industry. The returns of her private equity portfolio are in the top 1% 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 of UCLA’s newspapers (the only editor in history to hold that title for two papers). She also received an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Suna is a Board Member of OneEdge, Inc. a non-profit organization focusing on development and implementation of health and wellness curriculum in underserved communities and charter schools. She is also a Board Member of Girls Inc., which inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. Suna was honored by Girls Inc. as a Woman of Achievement in 2015. Suna is also a Board Member at ONEHOPE, an online consumer products company that makes social impact an integral part of one’s lifestyle.

Suna also endows two full scholarships at Columbia Business School into perpetuity.

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

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Fred Matser

DIRECTOR

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.

www.fredfoundation.org

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Gina Murdock

DIRECTOR

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.

www.aspenyogasociety.org

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Leena Nasser

ADVISORY BOARD

Leena Nasser is a cultural entrepreneur leveraging education, cognitive psychology, and human-centered design to achieve social change initiatives.
Leena is one of two experts in the education practice of the global consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) with a focus on cognitive psychology, innovation, and education. Leena advises community, education, and foundation leaders on strategy design rooted in evidence-based learning theory to drive impact and develop holistic responses to inequality. Her work surrounds the question of how might we use the science of cognitive psychology, learning theory and human centered design on the ground to shape big strategic decisions? Prior to the Boston Consulting Group, Leena led education efforts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Leadership Academy. There, she was focused on re-designing the learning environment of the think tank to encourage innovation and creativity. During that time, Leena worked closely under the training of Daniel Pink–author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.” With Mr. Pink, she integrated the science of motivation to the organization and led key projects, including the CSIS Think Do Tank, an innovation incubator.
Prior to CSIS, Leena conducted empirical research on Saudi Arabia public school text book stories from the 2nd to the 6th grade, investigating how educational stories contributed to the reproduction of a gendered national identity complacent to the status quo, and how this identity while serving the state, presented a roadblock to Saudi Arabia’s economic development and was the cause of the Nations skills gap. Leena is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied Mind, Brain, and Education. She focused her research studies on how the design of informal and formal learning spaces contribute to sense of identity and residual lifelong impact. Leena was specifically researching the power of stories–told explicitly through words, or implicitly through orchestrated spaces–on the brain and behavior. Leena remains currently involved in this research, specifically looking at less represented communities and the impact of empowering identity stories in a learning setting on individual empowerment, performance, and societal contribution.
Leena Nasser received her bachelor’s degree from Bates College and her master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is fluent in Arabic and English and was born and raised predominantly in Saudi Arabia, while spending much of her time in Syria. Leena lives in Boston, Massachusetts while involved in projects in NYC and DC.

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Jennifer Ok

DIRECTOR

For over 15 years, Jennifer Ok has been connecting influential thinkers and devising creative business development solutions. Her experience spans the startup, corporate investment and digital sectors, and she specializes in building multidisciplinary teams at global scale and producing story-building industry forums. She is also one of the most connected brand-side event marketers in the world. Jennifer leverages her extensive network of cross-industry relationships as Chief Marketing Officer and Global Head of Venture Development at BCG Digital Ventures. In this role, she is responsible for commercializing ventures for marketing and PR across the firm’s core industries. Jennifer also oversees the firm’s global communications and marketing strategies, with a particular focus on brand reputation, corporate partnerships and global events. During her tenure at BCG Digital Ventures, Jennifer has built a team of veteran PR, marketing and communications specialists across three continents and is continually forming new platforms to connect leaders in the corporate investment and incubation sector. For 11 years, Jennifer served a variety of roles in Nasdaq Global Corporate Client Group where she was formerly Corporate Vice President. Jennifer oversaw the Global Corporate Client Group’s Global Programs, directed the Client Relations team and led the Nasdaq MarketSite, the iconic global flagship which houses two broadcast studios. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Jennifer was at the National Football League for nearly five years in the Communications and Public Affairs department. She currently serves on the honorary committee of chashama founded by Anita Durst in 1995, which supports over 10,000 artists through free and low-cost gallery, studio and window space programs, bringing arts programming to approximately 500,000 New Yorkers. Jennifer is also an advisor to the Humane Society of New York and formerly served on the board of TEDx Times Square. Jennifer also sits on the board of Body Mind Inc, which was founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra in 2016.

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Ryan Olohan

DIRECTOR

As the National Industry Director for Healthcare at Google, Ryan Olohan leads the teams responsible for developing and managing Google’s relationships with pharmaceutical and consumer health companies. Ryan and his teams partner with the largest companies in the world to leverage Google’s search, display, mobile, online video, and other platforms. His teams are also responsible for connecting the vast health resources and innovation at Google in an effort to push the industry forward. His relentless push is why he was selected by MM&M as a “Top 40 Healthcare Transformer of 2016”.
Before Healthcare, Ryan spent the majority of his almost 10 years at Google overseeing the CPG industry as the Head of Consumer Packaged Goods. Prior to Google, Ryan was a consultant for Hewitt Associates and a VP of Implementations at Bank of NY Mellon before getting the itch to lead Business Development at two prominent startups. Outside of his day job, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and is a Board member for the Chopra Foundation, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, and the Digital Health Coalition. He is also the founder of the Google Healthcare Advisory Board and the co-author of the widely acclaimed “Pharma 3D” (www.Pharma3D.com) in partnership with Google, McKinsey, and Wharton. When not at Google, Ryan “relaxes” at home in New Jersey with his wife and seven children.

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Sybil Robson Orr

DIRECTOR

Sybil Robson Orr is an award-winning American film and theatre producer.  President of Robson Orr Entertainment, her latest movie ‘Rules Don’t Apply’, directed by Warren Beatty is set to premiere November 10th, in LA.  Sybil also brings the musical ‘An American in Paris’ to London’s West end, in March 2017.

A former news reporter and anchor, Sybil later turned to film and commercial success stemming from her production offices in Los Angeles and London.  In 2007, Sybil’s knowledge of film-making and passion for philanthropy connected, resulting in the critically acclaimed; ‘Blindsight.’  Celebrating empowerment and friendship, the documentary feature follows six Tibetan teenagers climbing a 23,000 ft Himalayan mountain, if not gallant enough, the teenagers were blind and in a culture that condemned them in society as demons.  Sybil continues her philanthropic support in the region.

In 2014, Sybil’s humanitarian efforts turned to the fight against child prostitution and sex trafficking in India. She is now working closely with the grassroots charitable movement in India, Apne Aap.  Sybil also focuses on the control of famine in sub Saharan Africa with Valid Nutrition.  In 2016, she is working to promote female empowerment closer to home through her website School of Doodle encouraging teenage girls to ‘Be Loud’ about their power and creativity.  Sybil is also on the Council of the Serpentine Gallery in London and a founding member of the Clinton Foundation endowment.

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Michael D. Schley

CORPORATE COUNSEL FOR THE FOUNDATION

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.

www.slgl-law.com

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Paul Scialla

DIRECTOR

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.

www.delos.com

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Jennifer Smorgon

VICE CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD, CHAIRPERSON OF THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE

DIRECTOR

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

DIRECTOR

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, Witness.org, and Ideo.org. 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.

www.thegenerositynetwork.com

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Alice L. Walton

DIRECTOR

Alice Walton is a committed patron of the arts and philanthropist, recognized by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in the world (2012). She led the Walton Family Foundation’s founding of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and serves as Chairwoman of the museum’s Board of Directors. Since opening in 2011, the museum has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors.

Located in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas, Crystal Bridges is among several of Ms. Walton’s transformative projects. She was a driving force in the development of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, improving transportation infrastructure throughout the region. She also established Camp War Eagle, which offers Northwest Arkansas children of differing socio-economic backgrounds an exceptional summer camp experience.

Ms. Walton has had an extensive career in finance, including the founding of the investment bank Llama Company. She is also a former breeder and owner of championship cutting horses.

Ms. Walton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University and an honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters from the University of Arkansas.

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Tillie Walton

DIRECTOR

Tillie Walton is passionate about rivers and freshwater, kids, and creating opportunities for others. As a philanthropist and environmental consultant, she has been instrumental in creating and implementing many large river restoration projects and environmental education and conservation efforts. Her love of rivers and nature was inspired by years of running commercial whitewater expeditions through the Grand Canyon and on other rivers through out the world.
She has co-authored scientific publications, been an environmental consultant and hydrologist, served on various boards, and traveled the world. Her diverse experience spans private and public sectors and non-profits and has given her the unique perspective of both writing grants and and funding projects.  In addition to her other adventures, meditation has had a profoundly positive effect on her life and she loves providing opportunities for other to learn to meditate and connect to nature.
Tillie served on the board of the Walton Family Foundation for a decade, and is currently on the board for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and on the advisory board of the Chopra Foundation. Tillie holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/ Hydrology and a M.A. in Environmental Management and Planning with a focus on Riparian Restoration.