About Us

Our Team

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Global Board

Peter Murphy,
Founder, Pan Group Australia

Peter is an entrepreneur and philanthropist passionate about empowering individuals to chase their dreams and make a difference.

Peter distinguished himself as a leader in the corporate world from a young age, and has a strong leadership and management record of high performance across a range of organisations.

He understands the impact that business can have in changing the world for good and created PAN to unlock the amazing potential of people and ideas to affect positive change in the world. PAN is not an investment firm but a way of thinking that challenges paradigms and the conventional way of doing business.

Today, Peter leads PAN Group Australia to invest in great ideas and great people that will change the world.Peter is also the Global Chair of the Global Poverty Project, and a trustee and Chair of the Collingwood Football Club Foundation.

Chris Stadler,
Managing Partner CVC Capital Partners

Based in New York, Chris oversees private equity activities in North America and the CVC Capital Markets Team. He is on the board of the CVC Capital Partners advisory business, is the Co-Chairman member of the Europe/North America Private Equity Board, and also sits on the Human Resources Committee. Prior to joining CVC, Chris worked for Investcorp as Head of Private Equity, North America after joining as Managing Director in 1996. Chris holds a BA Degree in Economics from Drew University, New Jersey and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.

Michael Anders,
Founder, Iconiq Capital

Michael Anders is a founding partner of ICONIQ Capital, a global merchant bank/multi-family office based in San Francisco and New York. Prior to his current role, he worked at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Investments and Societe Generale (in Paris and London). He was a founder of GivingCapital, which developed turnkey charitable products for a number of large financial service firms, and then helped in the structuring of their high net worth client’s charitable giving. Mr. Anders received his B.A/B.S. in Political Science and Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, as well as a certificate in International Economics from Columbia University. He serves on the Board of the San Francisco Symphony, Full Circle Fund, The Global Poverty Project/Global Citizen, The World Surf League (WSL) and P.U.R.E., WSL’s philanthropic arm which focuses on ocean research and conservation.

Chris Anderson,
CEO, TED

Chris Anderson is the Curator of TED, a nonprofit devoted to sharing valuable ideas, primarily through the medium of ‘TED talks’ – short talks that are offered free online to a global audience.

After a career in journalism, and publishing Chris Anderson became the Curator of the TED conference in 2002 and has developed it into a global platform for disseminating ideas worth spreading.

Chris was born in rural Pakistan, and grew up in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where his father worked as a missionary eye surgeon. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy and Politics, and then entered journalism. In 1985 he formed a tiny start-up to launch a computer magazine. Its success led to more launches, and his company Future Publishing grew rapidly under the slogan “media with passion.” Chris expanded to the United States in 1994, where he built Imagine Media, publisher of Business 2.0 magazine, and creator of the popular games website IGN. The combined companies eventually spawned more than 100 monthly magazines, employing 2,000 people. They allowed Chris to create a private nonprofit foundation, the Sapling Foundation, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas. Sapling acquired the TED Conference in 2001, and Chris then left his businesses to focus on growing TED. Under his stewardship TED has broadened its scope to include not only technology, entertainment and design but also science, politics, business, the arts and global issues. In 2006 TED began free distribution of its talks on the the web.

Michele AnthonyMichele Anthony,
Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group

Michele Anthony is Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group. Among her responsibilities, Anthony oversees the U.S. Commercial Services Division that includes sales, live events, label merchandising, college marketing and fan and consumer engagement. In that role, she works with the company’s U.S. labels to maximize commercial and strategic opportunities to establish new revenue streams, form alliances with third parties, and create a variety of special projects.

Additionally, Anthony is responsible for UMG’s global brand partnerships, the company’s Canadian operations and Universal Music Enterprises, the U.S. catalog division. She also oversees development of UMG’s film, television and theatrical projects alongside Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson. She most recently founded 7H Entertainment, a consulting and management firm whose clients included Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne, Prince, Björk and Soundgarden.

Prior to forming 7H in 2006, Anthony was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sony Music Label Group U.S. where she oversaw the day-to-day management and operations of the company’s labels. Before Sony Music, Anthony was a partner in the entertainment law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips, where her clients included Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Soundgarden, Rick Rubin, Sub Pop Records, The Sugarcubes and The Pixies.

Anthony also chairs the Global Poverty Project (GPP) – Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a campaign whereby major artists donate concert tickets that are earned when users take specified actions to end global poverty.  She also is an advisor for GPP’s Annual Central Park Global Citizen Festival.

Nicole Bates,
Deputy Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Gates Foundation

Nicole Bates is a Deputy Director for Multilateral Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently on assignment at UNICEF as a senior advisor in the Office of the Executive Director, Nicole is working closely with leadership on an initiative to increase UNICEF’s impact for children by harmonizing and strategically activating advocacy, communication, fundraising, public engagement and brand assets across the agency.

Dr. Bates joined the Gates Foundation in 2008. She introduced the foundation’s first global advocacy strategy for vaccines and immunization. Over time, these strategies grew civil society presence in major political markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; established cross-sectoral consensus through a global action plan for vaccines; and leveraged the foundation’s investments to secure more than $15 billion to improve child health in the world’s poorest countries. Bates’ portfolio has also covered broader child health issues including pneumonia, diarrheal disease and water/sanitation/hygiene.

Bates previously worked in the U.S. Senate on domestic health and social policy for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council. She began her career in the Chronic Disease Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Bates earned a doctorate and Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate work with high honors from the University of Virginia.  She sits on a number of international, national and local boards, is a regular guest speaker and serves as adjunct/affiliate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Washington.

Jay Brown,
Co-founder/CEO, RocNation

As one of the industry’s most influential—and visionary—executives, RocNation Co-Founder/CEO Jay Brown has always maintained a low profile. That’s because of a long-held philosophy that has stationed the entrepreneur at the forefront of the entertainment industry for the last 20 years: actions speak louder than words.

Since founding RocNation in 2008 with hip-hop icon Jay Z and Tyran “TyTy” Smith, Brown has overseen the company’s evolution from a full-service boutique to an international entertainment powerhouse. The label is home to such superstars as Rihanna, J. Cole, producer DJ Mustard, Calvin Harris and Jay Z himself. RocNation also manages an equally stellar roster that includes Shakira, KORN, Big Sean, Grimes, Haim, DJ Khaled, Emeli Sandé and Santigold. The company launched its latest division, RocNation Sports, in 2013. Its roster includes the likes of Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, Robinson Cano of MLB’s Seattle Mariners, and Dez Bryant of NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Brown began honing his savvy business skills in 1993 during a stint as a publishing executive at Quincy Jones Music Publishing/Qwest Records. He segued to Elektra Records as Senior VP in 1999. Later appointed Exec. VP at Def Jam Recordings, Brown worked alongside then-Def Jam president Jay Z.

Sarah L. Colamarino,
Vice President, Corporate Equity & Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

Sarah is currently Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Equity & Partnerships.   In this role, Sarah develops and executes broad-scale initiatives and strategic partnerships that reflect aspects of the company's long-standing commitment to corporate citizenship, specifically advocating for the needs of women and children.  She oversees a team working closely with multiple business units and functions on these initiatives.

She was previously Vice President, Corporate Communication, with responsibility for equity communication and strategic publications.

Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 1989, Sarah has been responsible for building communications groups at several Johnson & Johnson companies. She was Vice President, Worldwide Communications and Franchise Marketing for the DePuy Franchise, building key strategies for external and internal communications globally, including issues management, direct-to-consumer communication (advertising, public relations and internet), advocacy group relationships and tools to enhance overall DePuy internal communications.

Sarah also worked in the Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Personal Care Group.  She began the global communications discipline, handling public relations issues and professional relations.  She also had responsibility for US Public Relations, Professional Marketing and Consumer Promotions, with a focus on leveraging across these disciplines for stronger programs.  

She was an important member of the start-up team at Ortho Biotech, leading public relations, professional relations and direct-to-consumer communications.  Sarah then led the communications team at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, where she built strong customer and internal communications programs and developed advertising and internet strategies for the Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group.

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sarah worked at a New York public relations firm on a variety of pharmaceutical and consumer health care accounts, as well as in several positions in hospital public relations and marketing.

Kelly CurtisKelly Curtis,
Manager, Pearl Jam

Kelly Curtis has managed Pearl Jam since the band’s inception in 1990. Prior to this, Curtis served as publicist and road manager to rock band Heart (1976 - 1983), tour manager to Japanese metal band Loudness (1983 - 1985), as well as manager to Pearl Jam precursor Mother Love Bone (1983 – 1985).



Always peripherally involved with a host of film and TV projects, Curtis has lent his considerable knowledge of the world of music, surf and skate to such notable ventures as Say Anything (researcher, 1989), Singles (associate producer, 1992), Almost Famous (tech advisor, 2000), Lords of Dogtown (music consultant, 2005), Pearl Jam Twenty (producer, 2011), Showtime series Roadies (producer, 2016) and Let's Play Two (producer, 2017).

Kelly Curtis also serves as the label head of Stardog Records.

John Danhakl,
Managing Partner, Leonard Green & Partners

John joined LGP in 1995. Previously John was a Managing Director in the Los Angeles office of DLJ, which he joined in 1990, and where he worked extensively with LGP as its lead investment banker. 

Prior to DLJ, John was a Vice President in corporate finance at Drexel from 1985 to 1990. 

John presently serves on the Board of Directors of Advantage Solutions, Charter NEX, Genani Corporation, Insight Global, IQVIA, J. Crew, Life Time Fitness, Mister Car Wash, MultiPlan, Savers, and SRS Distribution. His previous board positions include Air Lease Corporation, Animal Health International, Arden Group, Big 5 Sporting Goods, CCC Information Services, Communications & Power Industries, Diamond Triumph Auto Glass, Leslie’s Poolmart, Liberty Group Publishing, MEMC Electronic Materials, Neiman Marcus Group, Packers Sanitation Services, Petco, Phoenix Scientific, Rite Aid, The Tire Rack, and VCA. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Arianna Huffington,
CEO/Founder, Huffington Post/Thrive Global

Arianna Huffington is the founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.

She is a mother, sister, flat shoe advocate, and sleep evangelist.

Tom Jones,
COO, Women's World Banking

Tom is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Women’s World Banking, an international NGO committed to eliminating financial inequities by bringing low-income women the access and resources they need to secure their futures. He has also served as the institution’s Chief Financial Officer.

Tom is also a Co-founder and Partner of MohrJones, a management consulting firm committed to helping nonprofits secure their future through investments in proper business practices and tools, ultimately enhancing transparency and impact. The firm has led successful turnaround and growth strategies, showing nonprofits how to make, spend, and talk about money.

Prior to joining Women's World Banking in 2010, Tom spent nearly a decade with the New York City Economic Development Corporation under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations as a Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and Budget Director. Tom began his career as a political aide in the office of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

Tom holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Buffalo, a M.P.A. from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

As a Director of the Board for Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project, he chairs the audit and finance committee and the governance committee.

Randall Lane,
Editor, Forbes

Randall Lane is the Editor of Forbes magazine and is responsible for the editorial content that differentiates it in print. Mr. Lane rejoined the company in September 2011; he had worked at Forbes in a variety of positions—reporter, staff writer, and Washington Bureau Chief from 1991-1997—and was the author of five cover stories. Most recently, Mr. Lane was Editor-at-Large at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Previously, he co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of six magazines, including P.O.V. (Adweek’s “Startup of the Year”), Trader Monthly, and Dealmaker. As a hobby, Mr. Lane, a certified sommelier, served as Chief Restaurant Critic for Time Out New York, where he was a National Magazine Award Finalist. He is a frequent television commentator and the author of The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane.

Andrew MarksAndrew Marks,
Managing Partner, Freemark Partners

Andrew Marks is Managing Partner of Freemark Partners, a private investment firm focused on owning and operating a portfolio of high-quality businesses.  He is also a partner at TQ Ventures, an early stage fund known for its investments in fast-growing consumer businesses.
Prior to his current roles, Andrew was a Managing Director at Blue Ridge Capital, and began his career as an analyst with The Blackstone Group.

He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

John F. Megrue, Jr.,
Founding Partner, and Chairman of U.S., Apax Partners LLP

John Megrue is Chairman of Apax Partners U.S. He is a member of the Investment, Approval, Exit and Portfolio Review Committees.

John had originally joined Apax in 1988 and rejoined in 2005 from Saunders, Karp & Megrue ("SKM") which he co-founded in 1990. 

Prior to SKM, John served as Vice President and Principal at Patricof & Co. (an Apax predecessor), where he specialised in buyouts and late stage growth financings.

John is a graduate of Cornell University, where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Board memberships include FULLBEAUTY Brands, Cole Haan, Acelity (formerly Kinetic Concepts Inc.) and rue 21. John is Chairman of Born Free which is the private sector leader in working to  eliminate HIV in new born children around the world. He is Vice Chairman of the UN Special Envoys Office, a director of Grameen America, a Trustee of the Apax Foundation, and a Trustee of Cornell University.

Sean Parker,
Founder and President, The Parker Foundation

Sean Parker is a philanthropist and entrepreneur with a record of launching genre-defining companies and organizations. He is the founder and President of the Parker Foundation, which focuses on three areas: Life Sciences, Global Public Health and Civic Engagement. In April 2016, the Parker Foundation announced a $250 million grant to form the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which builds on Mr. Parker’s leadership in funding and promoting research into the relationship between the immune system and cancer. He helped to establish the Stand Up 2 Cancer and Cancer Research Institute's (CRI) Immunology Dream Team in 2012, and was honored by CRI with the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research in 2013. Mr. Parker was ranked number 5 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s 2014 Philanthropy 50 list. In 2016 he received the Pontifical Key Philanthropy Award from the Vatican, the Jefferson Foundation Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Private Citizen, and the Friends of Cancer Research Cancer Leadership Award.

Mr. Parker was the co-founder of Napster at age 19 and of Plaxo at 21. In 2004 he joined with Mark Zuckerberg to develop the online social network Facebook and served as Facebook's founding president, and in 2007 he co-founded Causes on Facebook, which registered 180 million people to donate money and take action around social issues. In 2014, he announced his backing of Brigade, an online platform for civic engagement. Mr. Parker is also chairman and founder of the Economic Innovation Group, based in Washington D.C. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Alexandra and their two children.

Michael RapinoMichael Rapino,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Live Nation Entertainment

Michael Rapino has served as Live Nation Entertainment’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Rapino led the transformation of Live Nation into the number one live music brand in the world with operations in more than 40 countries and annual revenue exceeding $10 billion.

Comprised of three market leading divisions - Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship - Live Nation issues nearly 500 million tickets, promotes 29,000 events, partners with over 900 sponsors and manages the careers of 500+ artists. Its ecommerce sites average 80 million unique monthly users.

Jane Rosenthal,
Co-founder, Tribeca Films

Jane Rosenthal is Co-Founder and Executive Chair of the multi-platform media company Tribeca Enterprises, which operates a diverse network of branded entertainment businesses, including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, award winning Tribeca Studios, and Tribeca Film Festival International. A leading producer of film and television, she is Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, one of the foremost innovative storytelling cultural events in the United States, as well as the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Tribeca Film Institute, where she also serves as co-chair of the board.

Since co-founding Tribeca Productions with Robert De Niro in 1988, Jane Rosenthal has distinguished herself as a leading film producer with a roster of both critically and commercially acclaimed work. Rosenthal produced one of the highest grossing comedy franchises of all times—Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004), and Little Fockers (2010), for Universal Pictures, and has produced and executive produced several other box office sensations.

In 2001, in an effort to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan, Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted more than 4.9 million visitors and generated over $750 million dollars in economic activity. Rosenthal also co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute, where she has served as co-chairman of the board since its inception. The Institute has become an instrumental resource for filmmakers and arts education, awarding more than $6.75 million in grants to more than 1,500 storytellers around the world and engaging with over 125,000 New York City students and teachers through its Education programs

Rosenthal has been featured numerous times in Variety’s Women in Showbiz and The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment issues. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and has been honored by The Museum of the Moving Image, Tisch School of Arts at NYU, The Matrix Award, and The National September 11th Memorial & Museum. In 2011, she was presented with the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership from The Rockefeller Foundation and The Monteblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award for her passion and commitment for arts and culture.

Prior to founding Tribeca Productions, Rosenthal was an executive at CBS-TV and The Walt Disney Company.

Suzanne Shank,
Chairwoman and CEO (Founding Partner), Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C.

Ms. Shank is a 29-year veteran of the financial services industry and founding owner of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC, formerly known as Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., LLC. During her tenure as CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank has grown from a start-up firm in 1996 to one which has completed over $1.2 trillion in financings for municipal issuers and $1 trillion in corporate bond and equity transactions. The firm holds the distinction of being the top ranked minority and woman owned municipal bond underwriter for 18 years and the first to be ranked in the top 10 among all firms as lead manager. Ms. Shank has crafted financing structures, credit strategies and investor outreach plans for numerous large- scale municipal bond issuers nationally. As CEO, Ms. Shank manages the financial, regulatory, and operational aspects of the firm in addition to selected client coverage.

Following the death of Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE, Ms. Shank served as Acting CEO of Siebert Financial Corporation from September 2013 to February, 2015 to assist in transitioning the business. In this capacity she managed the publicly traded company and ensured compliance with all regulatory, federal and state securities laws. All audit personnel, internal and external, reported to the CEO.
Prior to her financial services career, Ms. Shank was a Structural Engineer for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, working on noise mitigation projects. While there, she served as an interface with the United States Navy, assisting with negotiating contracts with General Dynamics’ top client.

Ms. Shank has won numerous awards and honors throughout her career. She was the recipient of the “2016 Freda Johnson award for Trailblazing Women in the Public Sector” by The Bond Buyer in December of 2016. Ms. Shank was also named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in 2016” by Crain’s Detroit Business. Ms. Shank received the “Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award” by the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America in October, 2014. In April, 2014, Ms. Shank was inducted into the 2014 Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Shank has also been named to NBC’s “Grio 100” list, which honors African American leaders nationally, has been recognized by U.S. Banker Magazine as one of the “Top 25 Women in Finance”, by Essence Magazine in their Power List, by Black Enterprise as one of the “50 Most Influential Black Women in Business” and one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street”, and by Women in Public Finance as “She’s Our Hero”. Ms. Shank was also selected by the Wharton School of Business from among 100,000 graduates as one of its “125 Influential People and Ideas”. She has also appeared on Wall Street Week, CNBC and Bloomberg TV promoting the strength of the municipal bond market.

Ms. Shank is a leading financial services industry advocate highly active in various industry and civic organizations and actively serves on several boards, including the Spelman College Board of Trustees (Audit Co-Chair, Investment, Development Committee) and the Georgia Tech Advisory Board to the President, Bipartisan Policy Center Executive Council on Infrastructure, SIFMA Board of Directors, New York Citizen’s Budget Commission, Invest Detroit Board of Directors (Audit Committee), Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Audit and Finance, Development) and is a member of the International Women’s Forum, among others.

Ms. Shank is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance, and the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. FINRA securities registrations held include the Series 7, 24, 52, 53, 63 and 79.

UK Board

  • John Reid, President, Live Nation Europe-Concerts, Live Nation
  • Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy Gates Foundation
  • Patricia O’Hayer, ‎External Relations & Strategic Partnerships Lead, RB
  • Charles Harper, Accountant, Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK
  • Philippe Vogeleer, Senior Executive, Vodafone Group

Canada Board

  • Martha Rogers
  • Paul Koidis, Head of Media, Art and Design, ‎Campaign Director, CANADA - ‎Public Television
  • Tony Chapman, Motivational Speaker, TonyChapmanReactions.com
  • Chris Armstrong, EVP, Golf, Wasserman Media Group

Australia Board

  • Ian Allen OAM, Trustee, The Pratt Foundation
  • Trish Daley
  • Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, Vice Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Michael Smellie, Chair, Music Australia
  • David Turik, Chairman, Developing World Technologies and CEO, Arival