Grimanesa is an interdisciplinary American artist, born in Lima, Peru, globally known for her large-scale light sculpture installations that focus on concepts of personal identity and community. Her works incorporate elements from sculpture, video, lighting, and technology to create site-specific installations to engage architecture and create community. Grimanesa was a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2014. She was granted the Visionary Art Show: Lifetime Achievement Award (Italy), Bronx Museum of the Arts: AIM Alumni Artist Award (NY), The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Visual Artist Fellowship, the ‘NEA Artist Travel Grant’, and is part of the ‘Art In Embassies Program of the U.S.’ Grimanesa frequently gives talks at museums and universities, and her art has been displayed in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Thomas C. Barrett
Tom is the Chairman of the OECD Infrastructure Governance Forum based in Paris. He is concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, focusing on global infrastructure finance and development. He was formerly the Chief Representative of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Minister of the European Union Delegation to the United States. Tom led the EIB’s structured finance and advisory activities throughout the European Union and the EIB/EU Action for Growth Initiative. He has also been Chairman of EPEC, the European 3P Expertise Centre, to facilitate the implementation of 3Ps by the EU Member States. He was the Founder of the Management Board for the Marguerite Infrastructure Fund, an $800 million Strategic Pan European Institutional Public Private Partnership. He earned an MBA at INSEAD in France and his BA from the National University of Ireland.
Head of Investments and Global Chief Operating Officer SQN Capital. Former CEO America’s Siemens Cities & Industry finance, leading infrastructure/P3 investment teams as well as transportation and smart cities financing platforms. Extensive financing and portfolio management investment experience across infrastructure (P3's), transportation, municipal and commercial energy efficiency, water technologies, solar and distributive energy technologies. Former GE Capital Executive covering industrial, transportation and healthcare finance MBA Kellogg School Northwestern University, BA Bates College
André Corrêa d'Almeida, PhD
André is Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Assistant Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice program (MPA-DP), where he founded and leads the Development Practice Lab. He is the President and Founder of ARCx–Applied Research for Change, where he created and coordinates a network of collaborators from 10 universities and 22 research centers to work on cities, innovation, and development. He is the editor of “Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate”, and a Research Director at New Lab, where he leads several initiatives on data collaboratives and data sharing for the public good. André is a former Senior Adviser to the UN Development Program, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver (US), and an MSc from the University of Saint Joseph (China).
Cheryl McKissack Daniel
Cheryl is President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack. She is a civil engineer with more than 25 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry. Cheryl’s grandfather, Moses McKissack, founded the family business in 1905. McKissack & McKissack, the oldest minority and woman-owned professional design and construction firm in the nation which has contracted more than $50BN in construction over the past decade. Cheryl serves on various boards, including the New York Building Congress, New York Women’s Forum, Greater New York ACE Mentor Program and Women’s Builders Council. She serves on Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC Advisory Board, Jobs for New Yorkers Task Force and the MWBE Advisory Council Cheryl earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University.
Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Former Harvard professor, prizewinning critic, and pathbreaking author, Sarah is one of nation’s leading thinkers on the present and future of the built environment. Her most recent book, Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (HarperCollins, 2017), draws on the latest scientific findings to demonstrate that excellent built environmental design profoundly affects how people think, feel, and act, both as individuals and in groups. Sarah coordinates with clients, policymakers, designers, and users to build a shared vision and devise actionable strategies to create enriching, sociable, economically vibrant and equitable environments. She lectures nationally and internationally at major universities, industry conferences, and to the general public.
Mitchell is the Founder and CEO of IoT Nation™. He formerly served as VP Product Management at wot.io, a data service exchange for connected device platforms. Mitchell initiated the DreamIt Israel program and was a Managing Partner at DreamIt NY, where he worked directly with 30 early-stage software companies. Mitchell also served as the Business Manager for Zoran’s Consumer DVD business, based in China with over $130M in annual sales. He has experience in managing a worldwide business, developing cross-cultural teams, fostering innovation and executing new product development from inception to development through sales to customers. Mitchell is a graduate of the GE/Lockheed Martin Edison Engineering Program (EEP), the recipient of a NASA Virginia Space Grant, and holds Masters and Bachelors Degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Errin is the Chairman and CEO of RER Solutions, Inc. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and for the supervision of all business operations. Errin has over a decade of experience in government contracting, general management, program/project management, and management consulting. Prior to RER Solutions, she was an Associate Partner in Gallup's Consulting Practice leading the business development efforts with several Government agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Labor among others. She began her professional career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, providing management consulting services to multiple Fortune 500 companies on a variety of topics including strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, and branding. Errin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mikyoung Kim is a landscape architect and founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design. For over two decades, Mikyoung Kim has crafted an exceptional body of work that explores the intersection of art and science, defining the art of ecology and restorative experience. Her firm functions as an idea lab: a think tank of innovative landscape architects, architects, graphic designers, and artists. Mikyoung has been awarded over fifty national and regional design excellence awards. She is an Olmsted Scholar, was named an AD Innovator by Architectural Digest and is a recipient of the Jacob Weidenman Prize and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize from Harvard. Her body of work is part of the Smithsonian Museum’s “American Voices” Collection. Mikyoung is a Professor Emerita at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Samantha is Managing Director of New Business at Bronx Pro, a neighborhood-based firm dedicated to community development through affordable housing investments since 1988. Bronx Pro’s mission is to develop quality housing that is affordable, sustainable and builds communities. The company is engaged in Real Estate Development, Construction, Building Management and Resident Services. Samantha spearheads larger scale development projects and new business development. While pursuing her graduate studies, she worked at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office as well as at Enterprise Community Partners. Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a Master’s of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She is a board member of Women in Housing and Finance and The DreamYard Project.
Andre is the Founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Acceleration Group at the University of California Berkeley. He and his team have built scalable, global infrastructure to deliver training to hundreds of startups, and thousands of entrepreneurs and corporate innovators. Through world-class programs, including the reality TV show America's Greatest Makers, the Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps, Innovate for Digital India, Intel's $1.3m Make It Wearable Challenge, the Berkeley LAUNCH Startup Accelerator, Global Social Venture Competition. His team has redefined how to teach the process of evidence-based entrepreneurship and corporate innovation. Two web companies Andre helped start IPOed, and a third was acquired by Amazon for close to $200 million. His most recent company, Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, raised over $190m in venture capital.
Mark Milstein, PhD is clinical professor of management and director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He conducts applied research in and oversees the center's work on market and enterprise creation; business development; clean technology commercialization; and sustainable finance. Mark serves on Cornell's Academic Programs and Policies Committee, Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell, Cornell's Public Engagement Council, and Cornell's Senior Leadership Climate Action Group. He earned a BA in economics and Japanese from the University of Michigan, an MBA in general management and an MS in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan's Corporate Environmental Management Program and PhD in strategic management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mike is an entrepreneur, business strategist and early-stage investor who has worked with physical product and digital business startups. He serves as a partner at Wakestream Ventures, an early stage Midwest VC. Mike helped build, and leads, Start Garden, a 501c(3) that facilitates the startup ecosystem in Grand Rapids Michigan. Mike created and serves as Director of SeamlessIoT, a proof of concept lab where six global enterprises collaborate with emerging technology startups. Previously, Mike founded SeeSpotRun.com, Knoware Inc., and Code Blue Corporation. He has also served as Mentor Director for Momentum Accelerator, COO at Boxed Water and TheCommon, and Senior Business Advisor at Windquest Group. He volunteers his time working on economic development in Guatemala as President of Pray America. His BA and MBA are from Michigan State University’s School of Business.
Dr. Richard Park
Dr. Park is Founder and CEO of CityMD, a company that maintains over 70 urgent care walk-in medical clinics in an effort to give all citizens access to quality healthcare. Since its start in 2010, CityMD has served kindness to over 2.8 million unique patients in Metro New York and Seattle. CityMD was the first urgent care provider in Metro New York allowed to accept Medicaid insurance. It has transformed the urban healthcare model based on the pillars of quality, speed, and exceptional experiences. Dr. Park graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in 1999 and the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School. He has extensive experience in emergency medicine at both Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Nassau University Hospital.
Richard is Principal and Managing Director of Acquisitions for Red Stone Equity Partners, LLC. With over 19 years in affordable and urban market investments, Richard has worked in the government, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including serving as the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, where he was responsible for the investment of more than $1 billion into New York City and the creation of over 30,000 units of affordable housing. He is the founding Managing Director of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. Richard serves on the boards of Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council (Chair), the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and Habitat for Humanity New York City. He holds both a BA and JD from Yale University.
Vincent is a seasoned design and construction professional who is currently the President and CEO of Strategix as well as a Professor in the Civil Engineering departments at Cooper Union and Stevens Institute of Technology. Over the course of his 25+ year career, he has commanded increasing levels of responsibility and accountability, allowing him to manage very large projects, in excess of $400M in construction value. Vincent has safety certifications from OSHA and the US Army Corps of Engineers. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS, New Jersey Institute of Technology), Engineering Management (MS, New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Construction Management (Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology) as well as an Executive degree from the Wharton School of Business.
Suhrita’s career has spanned leadership roles in both global financial and technical consulting firms (Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arup). She has been at the forefront of the evolving P3 landscape nationally and internationally and has participated from both public and private sector perspectives. Suhrita is the Founder and Principal of Infrastructure Advisors LLC which, in the short span of four years, has competitively won the trust of the nation’s most admired public agencies undertaking innovative delivery of capital projects, for providing P3 advisory services. She was selected as ‘WBC’s outstanding women 2016’ in Alternate Delivery, by the Women’s Builders Council, NY.
Marquise is a designer, entrepreneur, and activist. As the Founder and Principal of the design studio Openbox, he created a company that represents a culmination of more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing fresh models for businesses and cultural organizations. The Openbox vision is, above all, human-centered. Marquise also brings his passion for supporting diverse cultures and bringing about positive change to his many philanthropic and creative activities. From serving as a board member for the Lowline Underground Park to collaborating with his Openbox colleague, Petter Ringbom, on short films and feature-length documentaries to teaching with two Danish design schools: CIID in Copenhagen and the KaosPilot in Aarhus. He serves on the board for the Center for Healthcare Innovation and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
Jan is the James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy and Director of the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia University. He is co-founder and Chairman, CERGE-EI. Jan is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn. He previously served as Economic Advisor to President Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, and he was one of two presidential candidates in the Czech Republic in 2008. He received the 2015 IZA Prize in Labor Economics from the Institute for the Study of Labor. Jan earned his BS from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.
Nader Tehrani is Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union as well as a professor. He is principal of NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with construction practices. He has been recognized with numerous notable awards such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and his work has been exhibited at venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Prior to Cooper Union, Nader has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Georgia Tech, and University of Toronto. Nader received a B.F.A. and a B.Arch from RISD and an M.A.U.D. from Harvard’s GSD in 1991.
Bracebridge H. Young Jr.
Brace is a Partner at Arabesque Partners and the Chairman of the Board of Social Finance, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing investment capital to drive social change. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer at Eclat Impact in 2016 and Chief Executive Officer and a Partner at Mariner Investment group from 2000-2015. He joined Mariner directly from Goldman Sachs, where he retired as a Partner, after a 20-year career in Fixed Income in New York, Tokyo, and London. He serves as Board Chair of GWAVE, a wave-based renewable energy company. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brace earned a BA from Bowdoin College and an MBA from NYU.