MIT Sandbox Funding Board
The MIT Sandbox Funding Board is made up of individuals and organizations that sponsor the Sandbox program. It includes members from around the world and spans foundations, large companies, small companies, individual entrepreneurs, investors, and government laboratories.
The Board provides guidance and feedback to the students and makes funding decision recommendations to the MIT Sandbox Executive Director.
Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87
Noubar Afeyan is founder, Senior Managing Partner and CEO of Flagship Ventures, a leading early stage venture capital firm. He also leads the firm’s VentureLabs unit that invents and launches transformative startups. He is a Senior Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he has taught courses on technology-entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership since 2000. Dr. Afeyan has authored numerous scientific publications and patents since earning his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT in 1987. He lectures widely in the United States and internationally on diverse topics ranging from entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital to biological engineering, drug discovery, medical technologies and renewable energy.
During his 28-year career as inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and venture capitalist, Afeyan has co-founded and helped build over 35 successful life science and technology startups. He was founder and CEO of PerSeptive Biosystems, a leader in the bio-instrumentation field that grew to over $100M in annual sales within six years from its first sales. After PerSeptive’s acquisition by Perkin Elmer/Applera Corporation in 1998, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer of Applera, where he initiated and oversaw the creation of Celera Genomics.
Currently Afeyan serves on a number of public and private company boards including CiBO Technologies, Epiva BioSciences, Evelo BioSciences, Joule Unlimited, Kaleido BioSciences, Moderna Therapeutics, Pronutria Biosciences and Seres Therapeutics. Previously, he was a member of the founding team, director and investor in several highly successful ventures including Chemgenics Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Millennium Pharmaceuticals), Color Kinetics (acquired by Philips), Adnexus Therapeutics (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb) and Affinnova (acquired by AC Nielsen).
Afeyan received a Technology Pioneer 2012 award from the World Economic Forum in recognition of the breakthrough solar fuel technology being developed at Joule Unlimited. He has served as Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Chemicals, Advanced Materials and Biotechnology of the World Economic Forum as well as being a member of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves on the board of AmeriaBank and of UWC Dilijan International School, both of Armenia. Previously, he was a co-founder and board member of the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia, a private-public partnership dedicated to promoting economic development in the former Soviet Republic of Armenia. In 2008 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award granted to outstanding Americans who have distinguished themselves as United States citizens and who have enabled their ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of American life.
Haejin Baek ’86
Ms. Baek is a principal of Eightfold Real Estate Capital. She has more than 26 years of experience in capital markets specializing in mortgage-backed securities, both residential and commercial. Prior to joining Eightfold, Ms. Baek served for 8 years as a Managing Director at Barclays Capital, where she ran the Real Estate Capital Markets Group. Her group was responsible for originating, structuring, distributing, and securitizing commercial real estate backed loans. During her tenure at Barclays, some of the notable deals closed included the financing of the tallest office building in Latin America; the first inclusion of a non-U.S. loan in a REMIC transaction; the financing of a Manhattan trophy office building with a total capitalization over $1.8 billion structured as a first mortgage, mezzanine debt, and subordinate mezzanine debt, which was the largest single property financing at that time; and a securitization of land loans.
Prior to joining Barclays, Ms. Baek ran the CMBS trading desks at Deutsche Bank, Nomura Securities, Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns.
Ms. Baek received her MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She also holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Rajat Bhargava ’94
Rajat Bhargava is a 6-time entrepreneur with four exits (two IPOs, two trade sales, and two still private). He is a co-founder of Yesware. He was previously co-founder of Quova (acquired by Nuestar — NYSE: NSR), the market leader in Internet geolocation. Prior to Quova, Mr. Bhargava was co-founder of Interliant (public and subsequently acquired), a roll-up in the Web and application hosting space.
Bhargava was also co-founder of Service Metrics (acquired by Exodus Communications), an Internet infrastructure company monitoring and measuring the performance of Internet operations. Mr. Bhargava started his career in 1994 by co-founding NetGenesis (public and subsequently acquired), one of the original Web-site analytics companies.
Bhargava is a graduate of MIT, with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is an active angel investor.
Larry is one of the top venture capitalists on the East Coast. As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Larry has led investments in Demandware, Kayak, Goodata, BigCommerce, and Visible Measures, and is a thought leader in new and existing technology investments.
Prior to joining General Catalyst, Larry served in leading roles at NetGenesis, a market leading software and analytic solutions provider; PC DOCS, Inc., a leading developer of document management software for enterprise networks; and Interleaf, Inc., a top provider of electronic publishing solutions.
Larry has spoken at leading industry events and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, and the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He was also a founder and the first president of OASIS, the industry consortium promoting XML adoption. Larry is an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds a masters of arts degree in Linguistics from Clark University.
Robert A. Bond is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He is responsible for the development of the Laboratory's long-term technology strategy and the coordination of collaborative research with MIT campus.
Prior to his appointment as CTO, Mr. Bond served as the Associate Head of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Tactical Systems Division. In his career, he has focused on the research and development of high-performance embedded signal and image processors and algorithms. He has led research initiatives in a wide range of ISR computing technologies spanning custom very-large-scale integration (VLSI) circuits, parallel processors, nonlinear signal processing, graph detection theory, and parallel processing middleware. Prior to coming to Lincoln Laboratory, he worked at CAE Ltd. on flight simulators and then at Sperry, where he developed naval command and control applications.
Mr. Bond joined Lincoln Laboratory in 1987. In his first assignment, he was responsible for the development of the software architecture and later the radar system integration of the Mountaintop radar, a follow-on to the Radar Surveillance Technology Experimental Radar (RSTER). In the early 1990s, he conducted seminal studies to evaluate the use of massively parallel processors (MPP) for real-time signal and image processing. Later, he led the development of a 1000-processor MPP for radar space-time adaptive processing and a custom VLSI processor for high-throughput radar signal processing. In 2001, he led a team in the development of the Parallel Vector Library, a novel middleware technology for portable and scalable high-performance parallel signal processors. In 2003, he was one of two researchers to receive the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Technical Excellence Award for his "technical vision and leadership in the application of high-performance embedded processing architectures to real-time digital signal processing systems."
Recently, Mr. Bond has been involved in research into complex systems, open systems architectures, cloud and grid computing, graph and network-based algorithms, and advanced computing technologies.
He earned a BS degree (honors) in physics from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada in 1978.
AgustíN Delgado Martín
Dr. Agustín Delgado Martín serves as the Director of Innovation for Iberdrola, S.A. In this role, Dr. Delgado is responsible for developing processes of R&D management, the knowledge management system and coordination of systems and environmental and quality initiatives across all business units of the Iberdrola, S.A. Group. Agustín is also responsible for the venture capital program of IBERDROLA (PERSEO) where he coordinates investment in technology companies related to energy sustainability.
Previously he was Director of Technology Innovation Group and prior to his arrival in Iberdrola he was responsible for the R&D department of a small company working in the field of hydrogen generation and usage through fuel cells with relationships with research centers and universities across Europe. He served as a Director of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica S.A.
Dr. Delgado holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Escuela Superior Industrial (ICAI) of Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid. He also holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a distancia (UNED). He took part in the School of Management program designed specifically for Iberdrola by IESE, and participated in the Global Leadership Programme at IMD.
Dr. Peter Farrell is Founder, former long-term CEO and Chairman of ResMed, Inc. He was formerly an academic at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and prior to that the University of Washington, Seattle.
Before founding ResMed Peter was Vice President of R&D for Baxter, Japan and founded the Baxter Center for Medical Research in Sydney. He was named E&Y San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year for Health Sciences in 1998 and E&Y Australian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.
Dr. Farrell was admitted to the Order of Australia in 2004 and in 2005 was named E&Y United States Entrepreneur of the Year in Health Sciences. In 2012, Farrell was admitted to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and in 2016 he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal by the University of California San Diego.
Dr. Farrell was also the Chair of the Executive Council of Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine (2011-13) and is on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard/MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). He holds degrees in chemical and/or biomedical engineering from the University of Sydney, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of New South Wales and is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed research publications or books.
NATHAN C. FITZPATRICK
Nathan C. Fitzpatrick serves as the Director of Innovation at General Motors. In this role, Nate leads the different tracks of formal innovation happening within the walls of General Motors, and cultivates collaborative relationships internally and externally. He is responsible for the relaunch of how innovation works at GM. Nate has built a team that is capable of turning any napkin sketch into an exhaustively explored concept and fully functioning prototype, and ultimately manifesting it onto GM’s products. Most importantly, Nate has enabled this team to move faster than ever.
In addition, Nate holds responsibility for iHub - GM’s open innovation platform for new product, process, and business ideas, inside and outside of GM. iHub was founded in 2016 to inspire and empower innovation by crowdsourcing solutions, incubating ideas, and consulting.
Nate began his career at GM in 1984 at the Pontiac Motor division. Through his various roles in product engineering and manufacturing, Nate has worked to bring more collaboration and communication to all parts of the business. Arguably, his greatest achievement before his current position, was the execution of the two generations of the Chevrolet Volt, GM’s pioneering plug-in hybrid. It is not uncommon to hear Nate say that he “bleeds electrons”.
Nate holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical/Marine Engineering from the State University of New York Maritime Academy.
Eugenio Garza-Herrera is a business leader who has devoted his professional career to growing companies, building start-ups and promoting the private sector’s interest through his involvement in national and state business organizations. During Mexico’s economic transformation, Mr. Garza-Herrera led one of Mexico’s largest industrial conglomerates, Xignux S.A. de C.V. for more than two decades, serving as both Chairman and CEO. Under his direction, Xignux expanded its markets through export operations, successfully undertook cost reduction and efficiency initiatives, and forged profitable joint ventures with General Electric, Sara Lee, and Yazaki Corporation.
Today, Mr. Garza-Herrera serves as Chairman of the Board of Xignux.
As chairman of the Mexican Council of Business (2010-‐2013), which brings together the CEOs of Mexico’s 40 largest companies, Mr. Garza-Herrera helped strategize and advocate for the business sector during a period of economic reform and the opening of new opportunities in the country. He continues to be a strong advocate for business in Mexico and, in particular, for the business community of Monterrey.
Mr. Garza-Herrera is a sought-after expert for a range of companies and entities. He currently serves as a board member of: Banamex, Monterrey Tec (ITESM), Pak2Go, Arcelor Mittal México, Nemak, Cydsa, Endeavor, Corporación EG, the Regional Council of Mexico’s Central Bank, the Center of Art, Architecture and Design of the University of Monterrey, and Mexico Evalúa of the Center for Analysis of Public Policies. He currently chairs the Committee on Government Efficacy and Transparency for the State of Nuevo Leon’s Council on Strategic Planning.
In addition to serving as chairman of the Mexican Council of Business, Mr. Garza-Herrera has presided: the Council of Industry of Nuevo León (CAINTRA); the Mexico-Japan Council of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology; and, the Center for International Business of Monterrey (CINTERMEX).
Mr. Garza-Herrera has also served as a board member for these entities: the Monterrey Center for Productivity; NAFINSA (Mexico’s national development bank for industry), Grupo IMSA, Grupo Lamosa, Proeza, the Autlán Mining Company, Grupo Aeroméxico, Mitsui de México, and the Business Coordinating Council. He has served in a volunteer capacity for Hospicio Ortigosa and the City of Children of Monterrey.
Mr. Garza-‐Herrera holds a Degree in Business Administration from Monterrey Tec (ITESM) and an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University.
Antonio Ruiz Galindo
Antonio Ruiz Galindo is Chairman and CEO of Industrial Global Solutions de México S.A. de C.V. In 1970 he started his career in D.M. Nacional S.A. (an office furniture and automotive stamping company) in the area of administration and finance until he became the CEO of the company in 1976. In 1982 he became CEO of DESC Comercio Exterior S.A. de C.V. From 1986 to 1991 he became CEO and partner of FINACORP S.C. He became Managing Director of FIMSA Brokerage House in 1991 and acquired and became partner and CEO of a construction company, Ingeniería Integral S.A. de C.V. In 1997 he founded Industrial Global Solutions de México S.A. de C.V., (IGS).
He is member of the board and former Chairman of the Asociación Mexicana de Capital Privado A.C. (Mexican Private Equity Association), Chairman of Grupo RGT, S.A. de C.V. (Holding Company), member of the board of the AVANCE program sponsor by CONACYT AND NAFINSA (Development Banks in Mexico), member of the board of FIMEDER (Micro Financial Institution), member of the Board of Trustees of FOMENTO DE CULTURA A.C. (Iberoamericana University). He earned a BA in business administration from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Sameer Gandhi '87,SM '88
Sameer Gandhi joined Accel in 2008 and focuses on consumer, software and services companies.
Sameer led Accel's early investments in Birchbox, Bonobos, Crowdstrike, Diapers.com (acquired by Amazon), DJI, Dropbox, Dropcam (acquired by Google), Jet (acquired by Walmart), Pearl Automation, Plex, Raise, Spotify, Venmo (acquired by Braintree), Grovo and Yapstone.
Sameer works closely with Accel’s India team, and is involved in investments such as Flipkart, BookMyShow, Myntra, Freshdesk and Taxi4Sure (acquired by OLA) – some of India’s most prominent technology companies today. Prior to Accel, Sameer was a partner at Sequoia and led investments in companies like Barracuda Networks, Dropbox (initial seed), Gracenote, Trulia (acquired by Zillow) and Sourcefire.
Sameer is from Maryland and graduated from MIT and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Daniel A. Gilbert ’91
Dan Gilbert is a high-tech entrepreneur, executive, and investor. He is the co-founder and COO of San Francisco-based mobile startup BeeBell (www.beebell.com) and serves on the Boards of Directors of cybersecurity leader WISeKey NA and Belgian consumer video service DVDPost. Dan is an investor and advisor to companies including Entytle (www.entytle.com), Peloton Interactive (www.pelotoncycle.com), Premo Network (www.premonetwork.com), Swell Energy (www.swellenergy.com) and Trōv (www.trov.com), with a focus on deploying processes, systems, and teams to support rapid growth. Dan also serves as an Advisory Member of Motus Ventures (www.motusventures.com), an accelerator focused on the Internet of Things.
Dan was born and raised near Oklahoma City. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he began his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company and A.T. Kearney, later holding leadership positions at leading technology companies including Webvan, Palm, and Cisco Systems. Dan served as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Customer Service at Barnes & Noble, helping to drive the company’s expansion into digital reading. Dan led the supply chain for the NOOK® product line, spanning new product introduction, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, and customer service.
Dan has been an active member of the Band of Angels, Silicon Valley’s longest-standing angel investment group, since 2009, serving as a Limited Partner in the Band’s Acorn Fund. He serves as a Founding Contributor on the Funding Board of MIT’s Sandbox Innovation Fund Program, sits on the MIT Corporation’s Visiting Committee for the Social Sciences, and advises QuakeFinder (www.quakefinder.com), a non-profit developing technology to detect and analyze electromagnetic earthquake precursors. He lives near the San Andreas Fault in Portola Valley, California with his wife, son, and daughter.
Jamie Goldstein ’89
Jamie Goldstein is an experienced founder and investor in early stage companies. His interests are diverse and include data center infrastructure, wired and wireless communications technologies, and enterprise software. As an investor, Jamie believes that the best way to build successful companies is to be an active contributor from the beginning—at inception.
Jamie has been an investing partner for 18 years at North Bridge Venture Partners headquartered in Waltham, MA and has been instrumental in the formation and successful growth of many companies. Active investments include, Actifio (copy data virtualization), Plexxi (simplified data networking), Layer3 TV (next-generation cable), QD Vision (quantum dot display materials), and O3b Networks (international satellite company providing internet and mobile capability to billions of people in more than 180 countries). Jamie is also an active individual investor. His most recent notable investments include DipJar and Desktop Metal.
As part of his professional entrepreneurial success story, Jamie co-founded PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company targeting service providers and enterprise call centers. Jamie served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, driving revenue through OEM relationships with leading PC manufacturers and voice services platform providers. PureSpeech was acquired by Voice Control Systems [NASDAQ: VCSI] and subsequently sold to Nuance [NASDAQ: NUAN]. During business school, he co-founded WattsUp?, a company selling consumer electricity meters that remains in business today.
Jamie grew up in the Boston area and is a graduate of MIT in Electrical Engineering and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He served as both Chairman and President of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) and served as Chairman and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Match Education, a leading charter school and innovative education reform organization. Jamie is also actively involved in the MIT Deshpande Center for Innovation and he serves as a member of the Verizon 5G forum. He is the co-founder and featured speaker of StartMIT, the boot camp for MIT student entrepreneurs.
Jamie is an avid skier, snow boarder, and mountain biker and spends his weekends chasing his three boys around various athletic fields.
Steve Hoover is the chief technology officer for Xerox Corporation. Steve is responsible for the global research, development, and engineering organizations that deliver Xerox’s award-winning products and services to the market. In this role, Steve is committed to driving innovation across the company, enabling expansion into new growth markets, and creating more value for Xerox’s customers and partners.
Previously Steve was the CEO of PARC, A Xerox Company, where he helped broaden the research and innovation agenda to support an ever-changing technology landscape including advancements in IoT, analytics, healthcare, transportation, energy and digital manufacturing. As PARC CEO for six years, Steve helped PARC not only develop highly relevant innovations for Xerox, but also transitioned PARC to be a leader in open innovation while creating multiple strategic innovation partnerships and collaborations.
Steve earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Science from Carnegie Mellon University as an AT&T Bell Labs fellow and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He has seven patents.
Hoover serves on the Dean’s advisory council of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and has served on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, including leading its K-12 STEM Education Task Force; and has been a regional Board Member of FIRST Robotics, an organization which inspires young science, technology, and engineering leaders through mentor-based programs.
KRS Jamwal is executive director, Tata Industries, and is responsible for the incubation of new ventures, as well as investments made by Tata Industries in new businesses and start-ups. Mr Jamwal is on the board of three other Tata companies – Advinus Therapeutics, where he serves as chairman of the board, Tata Advanced Materials, and Tata UniStore. He is also a member on the board of Flisom AG and Apex Investments (Mauritius) Holding.
His previous assignment was as vice president, strategy, Group Corporate Centre, Tata Sons. His role involved assisting Ratan Tata, the then Chairman of Tata Sons, on strategy-related matters concerning Tata companies, and supporting him on special assignments such as the Investment Commission (2005-2009) and the US-India and UK-India CEO Forums
Mr Jamwal started his career with TAS (formerly known Tata Administrative Service) in 1989. His initial assignments included project management for setting up new hotels and flight catering units, with subsequent responsibilities relating to strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions for the Taj group of hotels. He has a bachelor’s degree in technology in petroleum engineering from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, and was awarded the scholastic gold medal and the best student shield. He is a post graduate in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he was awarded the scholastic gold medal and the KV Srinivas Award for the best all-rounder.
Ross Leav graduated Tufts University in 1992 with a BA (cum laude) in International Relations/Economics and concentration on Japanese. After graduation, Ross moved to Wakayama, Japan for two years to serve as a Coordinator for International Relations under the Japanese National Ministry of Education (Monbusho). Upon returning to the States, Ross joined the Center for Business Intelligence, a global research firm serving the international power generation and distribution industry. In 1997 Ross entered the Sumitomo group, as head of the Boston office of Sumitronics, Inc., a Sumitomo subsidiary at the time, in charge of discovering and developing strategic business opportunities with US high-tech startups. Since then, Ross has served as the head of Boston operations for Sumitomo’s strategic CVC as it has evolved to become what is known today as Presidio-Ventures, Inc. Ross has a passion for discovering new technology to solve real world problems and for fostering understanding among people of differing cultures and views. In his spare time, Ross enjoys practicing karate, skiing, disc golf and following current affairs.
Peter Levine is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He was previously senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix where he was responsible for revenue, product management, business development and strategic direction. Peter joined Citrix in 2007 through its $500 million acquisition of XenSource, the leading provider of enterprise-class open source virtualization software, where he served as CEO, leading its 600 employees and establishing strategic agreements for the XenServer product family with customers such as Microsoft, Symantec, HP, NEC and Dell.
Prior to XenSource, Peter was a general partner at the Mayfield Fund. Before Mayfield, he was an early employee of VERITAS Software. During his 11-year tenure with the company, he helped to grow the organization to over 5,000 employees and more than $1.5 billion in revenue. Peter served as executive vice president and was responsible for worldwide marketing, OEM sales, business development and several product divisions. He began his career as a software engineer at Spectrum Software and was later a software engineer at MIT’s Project Athena.
Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and attended the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is currently a management lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a former entrepreneurship lecturer at the Sloan School. Peter serves on the board of many companies including Actifio, Cyanogen, GitHub, Mesosphere, and Mixpanel, and is also on the board of trustees for Boston University and the National Outdoor Leadership Schoool (NOLS), and the Dean’s Advisory board for MIT Engineering.
Mick Mountz ’87
Mick Mountz, CEO and Founder, Kiva Systems. Kiva’s order-fulfillment solution deploys thousands of mobile robots into ecommerce pick-pack-and-ship fulfillment centers, tripling productivity, while simultaneously increasing the speed, accuracy and flexibility of the operation.
Mick founded Kiva in January 2003 after spending time in high-tech product development, manufacturing and marketing at Motorola, Apple, and Webvan.
In 2009 under Mick’s leadership Kiva was ranked #6 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in America, and in 2012 Fast Company recognized Kiva as the 23rd Most Innovative Company in the World. That same year, Amazon.com acquired Kiva for $775M.
Mick holds over 30 U.S. technology patents. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard.
Amir Nashat PhD '02
Amir Nashat is a Managing Partner in the Polaris Parners, LLC Boston office. He joined Polaris in 2002 and focuses on investments in healthcare.
Amir also serves on the Partners Innovation Fund, the Investment Advisory Committee for The Engine at MIT, and helped launch the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund, where he serves as its active president.
He previously served on the Board of the New England Venture Capital Association. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of “Top 100 Venture Capitalists.”
Prior to joining Polaris, Amir completed his PhD as a Hertz Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a minor in Biology under the guidance of Dr. Robert Langer. Amir also earned both his MS and BS in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Sierra PHD
Michael Sierra, Ph.D. is currently Vice President of LEO Science & Tech Hub Cambridge (USA) which is a R&D innovation unit of LEO Pharma. Dr. Sierra is leading the hubs activities in identifying, developing, and funding innovative solutions within Dermatology. Dr. Sierra’s aspirations are to identify and connect the dots between different technologies that will enable precision medicine in Dermatology. He established the hub in 2016 as a catalyst to transform early-stage innovations into solutions.
Prior to this position, Dr. Sierra was responsible for setting up with R&D externalization global platform for LEO Pharma. He has held various positions at LEO including Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Director of Chemical Research, Director of External Discovery and Executive Director of Translational Research at LEO Pharma (Denmark). Before that, Dr.Sierra worked 10 years at GlaxoSmithKline’s Centre de Recherche, Les Ulis (France) and the biotech, CareX, Strasbourg (France) as Head of Chemistry. He received his BS in chemistry from Ohio Northern University (USA), his Ph.D. in chemistry at Wayne State University (USA) and held a 2 year post doctoral position at Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France). He has 25 years of drug discovery experience in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as well as inflammation and dermatology with the identification of 18 clinical candidates.
Mr. Raskas is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Danaher Corporation and has been with Danaher since 2004. He manages a corporate team of M&A professionals.
His team is responsible for all aspects of M&A and investment activity, including identification, valuation, due diligence, contract strategy and negotiations.
Prior to coming to Danaher, Mr. Raskas was a partner at Thayer Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in Washington DC focused on buyout and growth equity investments in the middle market. Preceding his time at Thayer Capital Partners, Mr. Raskas was an M&A attorney at Arnold and Porter.
Mr. Raskas has a JD from Harvard Law School and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Ramzi Youssef Rishani ’87
Ramzi Youssef Rishani is a Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Partner, and Director of Longview Partners LLP. He also serves as a Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Longview Partners (Guernsey) Ltd. Prior to co-founding the firm, Rishani spent spent nine years as a Portfolio Manager with the private wealth management division at Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, he spent three years at JP Morgan in New York as an Associate in equities and corporate finance. He has a B.Sc. from MIT and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Hans Robertson ’99, MNG ’03
Hans Robertson co-founded and was the Chief Operating Officer of Meraki. Meraki created the first cloud-managed enterprise networking products, including wireless, security, and switching systems. The business ultimately grew to over $100M in annual sales before Cisco purchased the company for $1.2B in 2012. Following the acquisition Robertson was a Vice President at Cisco and helped run Meraki as an independent division, with 2015 sales of approximately $1B. Prior to founding Meraki he was a product manager at EMC and was an early employee at VMware. Robertson began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co.
Robertson served as a member of the board of directors at Stackdriver, a Boston-based software company acquired by Google in 2014. He is active as an investor and advisor to a number of young software companies.
Robertson holds an S.B. and M.Eng in Computer Science from MIT.
Brian Rosnov MBA ’14
Brian Rosnov is co-Founder and leader of external venturing activities at Philips HealthWorks in North America. Philips HealthWorks is a global seed+ stage community engagement program and venture capital fund seeking to partner and invest in the world's best founders pursuing breakthrough innovations with the potential to solve the world’s toughest health challenges and which are aligned with the strategy and mission of Philips. In his role, Brian’s responsibilities include investment strategy, opportunity selection and funnel management, program and deal execution, portfolio management, global partnership development, and community creation and management.
For nearly 20 years Rosnov has served in various business executive and innovation roles for Philips within the Boston medtech and digital health community. Prior to the creation of Philips HealthWorks, Rosnov served for nearly a decade as both General Manager and head of Research & Development for Philips Telemetry and Wireless Solutions business based in Andover, MA, where he led the Philips IntelliVue portfolio of in-hospital wearable monitoring and connected health solutions to its current global leadership position and enabling high quality care for millions of critically ill patients annually. Over the course of his career at Philips, Rosnov has also been awarded several patents, and in 2012, he was awarded the “CEO Innovation Award” by Philips in recognition of his efforts to deliver breakthrough innovations to the global healthcare industry.
Prior to joining Philips, Rosnov was a Principal at Envoy Networks, a venture-backed, intelligent cellular radio company, which was acquired by Texas Instruments in 2002, and held various technical leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.
Rosnov earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and was awarded Cornell’s National Scholar Award. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rosnov, his wife Kelley, and their 5 children are life-long residents of Massachusetts and enjoy supporting in a variety of social and community organizations in greater Boston. Rosnov is also an active advisor to early stage founders in the Boston community, across a variety of industries.
Chris Schaepe '85, SM '87
Chris is a Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners. He has over 20 years of venture capital experience and invests in areas including networking, storage, cloud, software/SaaS, big data as well as mobile technologies and applications. Chris has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top venture capital investors 11 times since its introduction in 2001. He has also backed over 10 first-time CEOs who have led their startup companies through successful IPOs. Chris has served as a director of a number of public companies including eHealth (EHTH), Fusion-io (FIO) and Riverbed Technology (RVBD) where he currently serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
Prior to Lightspeed, Chris was a General Partner of Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners which he joined in 1991 to focus on seed and early-stage investments in technology companies. Previously, he worked in corporate finance and capital markets roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co. after serving as a software engineer at IBM. Chris holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Chris enjoys mentoring student entrepreneurs and is involved in a number of startup-related university programs. He also has an interest in children’s health and education and supports several non-profit organizations in these areas.
Adam C. Siegel HST ’09
Adam C. Siegel is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the past 10 years building new companies at the interface of technology and healthcare. He is an advocate of the “lean startup” methodology, an approach that uses early customer engagement and hypothesis-driven product development to help small and large companies innovate more efficiently. His areas of expertise include mobile computing (wearables), sensor technology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products.
Siegel is currently the CEO of Skye Inc., a startup company focused on pelvic health. Prior to Skye, he worked at Google [x], where he designed needs assessments and business development for new projects, including Google Glass and the Smart Contact Lens. Adam also worked as a management consultant for Booz & Company (now PwC) in Germany and the US, serving Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare and consumer products industries.
Prior to industry, he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at Harvard University, where, as a member of the George Whitesides Group, he co-invented the founding technologies of Claros Diagnostics (acquired by Opko in 2011) and the nonprofit startup Diagnostics-for-All. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering summa cum laude from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
H.B. Siegel leads Amazon's Department of Ideas. As Minister of Ideas he manages several internal and external innovation exploration initiatives. H.B. started his career as an early Pixar employee for working on software for Pixar’s animated movies. After that he joined Wavefront as Director of Animation & Rendering in Santa Barbara, which generated the foundational technologies for MAYA. H.B. served as Director of Rendering for SGI producing software for high-end computer graphics. He then joined Lucasfilm as CTO for Industrial Light and Magic & Skywalker Sound working on dozens of films incorporating visual effects including Star Wars 1. H.B. moved to Amazon to found Amazon’s digital initiatives launching SearchInside, eBooks, digital music and video, and Amazon's digital library. He later joined Amazon’s IMDb.com as CTO. He has ~60 patents issued.
Emilie “Mimi” I. Slaughter ’87, SM ’88
Mimi Slaughter is the product manager at MotiveMetrics, a startup offering an innovative SaaS product that improves marketing content and strategic business decisions by understanding the conscious and non-conscious motivations of customers through linguistic analysis and psychology.
Slaughter serves on the board of the Teton Science Schools and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee, and in the past, has served on local boards in Jackson Hole. Mimi has invested in various startups, including MotiveMetrics and Open Blue, a sustainable offshore ocean aquaculture farm in Panama.
She co-founded a local food company in Jackson Hole and also traveled with acupuncturists to remote areas in Nepal and Bali offering healthcare. She earned an SB and MS in electrical engineering from MIT and worked at Digital Equipment and Shiva Corporation.
In her free time, she takes edX courses, skis powder, and builds a life-size R2D2. Mimi, and her husband, Frank ‘84, live in Palo Alto, CA with their younger daughter, while their older daughter is at MIT studying CS.
Frank Slaughter ’84
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer of MotiveMetrics
MotiveMetrics uniquely blends social science, computer science and market research into a SaaS-based software platform that delivers a deeply accurate understanding of your customers’ non-conscious purchase motivations in order to inform content – specific words, phrases, images – that trigger those motivations resulting in improved effectiveness of marketing programs with a measurable ROI.
MotiveMetrics provides quantitatively validated insights about customer buying motivations that would otherwise go unknown, or at best be cost prohibitive to obtain. We make sense of the data that is now being collected; however, we do not require vast amounts of data to be effective. Simply put, we gather and present data and information in an easy to use graphical interface on a SaaS-based model; measure traits to obtain actionable insights and recommendations that can be put to use immediately; and, inform content creation to improve marketing program performance by triggering actions that positively impact the business metrics that matter: ROI, revenue, margin, profit, cash, value.
Alan G. Spoon SB & SM ’73
Alan G. Spoon received his SB and SM degrees in 1973 from MIT Sloan School of Management. He continued his education at Harvard Law School, where he received his JD in 1976.
Since 2000, Spoon has been Managing General Partner (2000-10) and General Partner (2010-present) at Polaris Partners, LLC, a diversified national venture capital firm with investments in information technology and life sciences enterprises. From 1993 to 2000, Spoon was President of The Washington Post Company, a diversified media company. From 1991 to 1993, he was Chief Operating Officer. He was a member of The Post Company’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 2000.
Previously, Spoon was President of Newsweek and supervising executive for Post-Newsweek (Television) Stations. He also served as Chief Financial Officer at the Post Company; Vice President, Marketing at The Washington Post; and Vice President, Planning and Development at The Post Company. Before joining The Post in 1982, he was a Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and Chicago.
Spoon and his wife, Terri, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts. They have three children.
Mostafa Terrab MS ’82, PhD ’90
Mostafa Terrab serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of S.A OCP and served as its President. Mr. Terrab serves as the President and Director General/General Manager of OCP Group. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Prayon S.A. Mr. Terrab held positions with Bechtel Civil and Minerals Inc. from 1983 to 1985 in San Fransisco, California, as an Analyst in transportation systems, responsible for planning studies concerning the project to build the Damman international airport (Saudi Arabia) and as a Member of the team in charge of economic studies connected with the fixed link project across the Strait of Gibraltar.
From September 1989 to July 1993, he was a Consultant of Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1992, Mr. Terrab served Chargé de Mission in the Royal Cabinet. In 1995, he was Secretary General of the Executive Secretariat of the Middle East/North Africa Economic Summit. Since February 9, 1998, he served as Director General of National Telecommunication Regulatory Agency (ANRT), before leading World Bank’s Information for Development (infoDev) program and served as Lead Regulatory Specialist from April 2002 to February 2006. He serves as a Director of Banque Centrale Populaire SA.
He serves as a Director of Institut français des relations internationales. He served as a Director of Prayon S.A. From September 1986 to August 1989, he was an Assistant Professor in MIT and at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, in the Department of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1990 to 1992.
From April 1996 to July 1999, he was a Member of ‘Think Tank’ set up by the late king H.M. Hassan II. In 1988, Mr. Terrab received the Frederick C. Hennie III Award for his outstanding contribution to the teaching programme of the MIT Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
Mr. Terrab received an M.S. in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He received an Engineering Diploma from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France in 1979.
Vijay Ullal’s life’s journey has been contrarian from its outset. He was born into a family of lawyers and was expected to continue the tradition in India; Instead he decided to do engineering and move to the US. After school, he switched fields entirely from chemical engineering to electronics.
By choosing the path less travelled, Vijay has had the privilege of leading technology development, operations and business units at companies like Maxim, from early start-up days to a company with a $10B market cap, and Fairchild, the founding company of the Silicon Valley. He led operations, business units, and entire companies at every stage of a company’s life cycle.
Through it all, his first loves have remained the same: new technology, new products and growing things from zero to one. The transition to investing in early stage companies has been natural – nothing short of a perfect fit.
Jeremy M. Wertheimer, SM ’89, PhD ’96
Jeremy Wertheimer founded and served as the CEO of ITA Software, a 400-person software company based in Cambridge, MA, that powers the airfare searches on the websites of American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Orbitz, Kayak et al. Google acquired ITA Software in 2011.
Jeremy is now VP Engineering at Google. He is a trustee of Cooper Union, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and Maimonides school.
He received a BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union, an SM from MIT in Computer Science, and a PhD from MIT in Artificial Intelligence, with a minor in Neuroscience.