Yeonsoo Bae received a Master of Arts in Statistics from Columbia University, where she studied financial mathematics and financial economics. Her research focuses on rational herding in financial markets, the impact of ambiguity-averse positions on financial decisions, dynamic capital structure, as well as momentum effects in national stock markets.
She previously studied finance as a Master student at the Business School of Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST), where she received a graduate fellowship with the highest distinction. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics from KAIST, and placed first and second in math and physics in South Korea's national Physics & Mathematical Olympiad. Yeonsoo was selected by the Federations of Korean Industries (the largest and most influential union in South Korea) to propose ways to reduce the unemployment rate among young people, and financial innovations of private universities to achieve greater independence from the federal government. Yeonsoo’s international experience includes participation in the movement at Mongolia International University to help Mongolian college students study advanced science and technology.
Yeonsoo's professional focus was inspired by personal experience: she witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of the Korean Financial Crisis of 1997. She has since committed herself to the study of the stability of world economies.
Michael Chen previously was a Senior Engineer in the infrastructure group at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, he spent eight years as a researcher at Microsoft Research, working on a wide range of projects including software anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting, secure operating system and mobile phone security. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University, a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Maine, and studied Physics at Fudan University, Shanghai China.
Michael Chen is highly experienced in low-latency and scalable systems building, as well as in OS development and hacking. He has conducted pioneering research in user-level communication and kernel by-passing, and brings a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the Linux and Windows kernels: e.g., memory management, fast-path communication, disk I/O, interrupts and interactions with physical devices. He has a proven track record of cutting-edge R&D work involving OS and networks experience in the low-latency HFT environment, as well as experience with the entire software stack, from the hardware interface all the way up to user interface.
He additionally has wide-ranging working experience in several other fields: system-area networking, graphics, parallel computing, fault tolerance, computer vision, software anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting. He holds 17 issued patents and published numerous refereed papers. His current interests are in building innovative, reliable and high-performance core systems and solutions.
Barbara Clarke is an angel investor with over ten years of management consulting experience, and ten years of non-profit experience. She is a founding member of Astia Angels NYC, an alumna of the Pipeline Fellowship, and co-founder of The Impact Seat. She was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees for Schools for Children, a network of independent schools serving children of all ages and abilities from pre-school through high school. Previously, Barbara served as the President of Tufts University’s Alumni Association, the National Director for the National Alliance for Grieving Children, CFO for Cradles to Crayons, as well as a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
She holds a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and an M.A. in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School.
A member of the Board of Directors since 2013, Dan Cohen was also Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the year leading up to Goaloop's private alpha launch, and originally joined as a Founding Associate. He was previously a Dean's Fellow at the Fordham Law Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), where he researched and wrote on domestic and international data protection and privacy law. He is a 2010 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Archibald R. Public Service Award, cum laude, and served as Editorial Board Staff Member for the Fordham Urban Law Journal. He focused on media, entertainment, and intellectual property law.
While studying at Fordham, he worked at the Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic assisting low income artists with trademark, patent and copyright issues. He also externed at WNET.ORG, New York City's chief public media provider, working with a team of in-house lawyers on media licensing, sponsorship agreements, responses to demand letters, and other legal matters that affect a not-for-profit media corporation. During the summer after his first year, he studied International Human Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Queen's University Belfast, at University College Dublin, and at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel.
Dan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine in 2006, obtaining a B.A. in Media Studies with a minor in Sociology. He is a self-taught musician and has been playing guitar, bass, and other instruments in both amateur and professional settings since 1993. He spent his formative years growing up in Portland, Maine, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Dr. Gavin Finn is President & CEO of Kaon Interactive, Inc., the leading provider of interactive sales & marketing solutions for Global 1000 computing, network equipment, medical device, scientific instrument, and industrial equipment companies. He is responsible for the company’s strategic, financial, product, and customer relationship strategies. In this capacity, he has developed the company’s business model and marketing strategy, and has transformed the company’s product innovation process, resulting in the introduction of several award-winning solutions that have revolutionized the way that Kaon’s customers bring their products to market.
Gavin is also a lecturer at Tufts University, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Marketing & Sales, and Engineering Management.
Prior to joining Kaon, Gavin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bluestreak, Inc., an internet advertising and marketing infrastructure software company, where he led the company through four acquisitions and organic growth resulting in a highly profitable, fast-growing business. Prior to Bluestreak, Gavin was President and Chief Executive Officer of Prescient Technologies, Inc., a Stone & Webster Company, a software company that provided data quality solutions for engineering and manufacturing companies in the aerospace, automotive, and, heavy industrial markets. Gavin was previously the Senior Vice President of Stone & Webster Advanced Systems Development Services.
Gavin holds a Ph.D. in Computer-Aided-Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Widely respected as a leading entrepreneur, Janet Tiebout Hanson is recognized as a unique voice and champion for women globally. As Founder and Former CEO of 85 Broads, Janet built a global network community of over 30,000 trailblazing women who want to leverage their best personal and professional relationships to create greater success for themselves and each other. Launched in 1997, the founding members of 85 Broads were women who worked for Goldman Sachs at 85 Broad Street, the firm's NYC headquarters. Now called Ellevate, members continue to live, work, and study in 82 different countries and work for thousands of for-profit and not-for-profit companies worldwide.
After graduating from Wheaton College and Columbia Business School, Janet joined Goldman Sachs in 1977. In 1986, she became the first woman in the firm's history to be promoted to sales management. Following her 14-year career at Goldman Sachs, Janet founded Milestone Capital Management, a $2 billion institutional money management company. From 2004 to 2007, Janet was a Managing Director and Senior Adviser to the President of Lehman Brothers. Janet is also an avid investor and frequently speaks and writes about the importance of women becoming savvy investors.
Janet is a member of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women's Steering Committee. She is a member of the Forbes Executive Women's Board. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and a current member of the Board of The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She is an Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale University and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Talent Innovation. She has received a number of awards and honors, including an honorary degree from Middlebury College in 2007.
Janet's greatest passions are her two spectacular children. Meredith, who graduated from Wheaton College in 2011 with a degree in Studio Art, is currently taking the Nantucket art world by storm. Chris graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 as one of the 10 best college squash players in the country, was First Team All-American, First Team All-Ivy, and was named a Scholar Athlete in his junior year. Chris turned pro after college, and his professional squash career includes being named the U.S. National Champion two years in a row, in 2017 and 2018.
Janet is invited to speak regularly at corporate events, on campuses, and in the media about the profound impact of her work. Follow Janet on Twitter @janethanson.
Dr. Shlomo Hershkop is Director of Engineering at Allure Security Technology. He previously was an Assistant Director of the Computing Research Labs and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Computer Science Department of Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published over 25 papers, a book, and has been granted numerous patents in the area of Anomaly Detection, Computer Security, and Data Mining. His research has been supported by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), NSF (National Science Foundation), ONR (Office of Naval Research), NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and DHS (Department of Homeland Security), among others.
His research interests include automated learning of network flows, host-based user security, user profiling, network misuse detection, and modeling email flows. He is also studying big data issues including scalability, accessibility, and security using automated machine learning approaches. His work on insider threat and automated mitigation of security threats is being commercialized.
He received his B.A in Computer Science and Math from Yeshiva University ('99), and Masters ('01) and Ph.D. ('06) from Columbia University.
Senior Vice President of Business Development, Jack Kim originally joined Goaloop as a Founding Consultant. Jack is also co-founder, Chief Risk Officer and portfolio manager of Data Capital Management, a systematic, event-driven Hedge Fund based on "Big Data" Technologies and novel Data Feeds.
Jack previously led the risk model development team at JPMorgan Chase, serving as the core mathematical architect in designing the Monte Carlo simulation framework for bank-wide risk capital computations, covering all default-risky derivative positions.
Jack earned his PhD in Quantitative Finance from Stanford University with a specialty in credit risk modeling, portfolio optimization, and stochastic processes. His research focused on bottom-up default risk modeling, and semi-analytical methods of optimally selecting credit risky fixed income portfolios and assessing their risk profiles. He previously earned an MS in Financial Math from Stanford University, and was a recipient of the Samsung Lee Kun Hee Scholarship. Jack also holds two BS degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where he graduated summa cum laude in both Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
Jack has also been an avid guitar player. Although classically trained, he has experimented with wider musical styles, having been the lead guitarist for metalcore band Sturgeon from Daejeon, South Korea. Jack now resides in New York.
Ellen Lukens holds holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Columbia University and an M.S.W. from Fordham University. She is an educator, researcher and clinician and has an extensive background in program development, evaluation and research. Her applied work is related to educational and psychoeducational interventions for persons facing mental health conditions and post traumatic stress disorder. She has implemented this work in both local and international settings, most recently in Central Asia. She has become increasingly involved in promoting partnerships between educators and community leaders and members in an effort to mobilize community development and promote awareness of human rights in diverse settings and cultures.
She is particularly interested in the use of group interventions, narrative techniques, and how the combined professional and practical knowledge of leaders and participants can enhance the educational and therapeutic aspects of interventions that focus on learning through collaboration and exchange, strengthen resiliency and coping skills, and reduce stress. In addition, she has clinical expertise related to practice with families, adolescents and children, and with siblings of persons with chronic illness.
Ellen has presented papers and published widely in her areas of expertise.
Chad Lynch has been the driving force of success behind business development at three global firms based in Silicon Valley and New York. In these highly competitive markets, he succeeded in creating deal flow and firm awareness with a focus on developing relationships with entrepreneurs and investors. At each firm, he launched an innovative series of educational panels, workshops and networking events that demonstrated the firm’s commitment to the emerging technology market while bringing knowledge and growth opportunities to startups: the Accelerator program at Deloitte & Touche, BackStage Pass at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, and Total Access at Orrick. Total Access drew more than 15,000 attendees over four years, providing free tactical advice to startups on topics such as fundraising, sales, term sheet negotiations, board issues as well as market-focused panels: security, Web 2.0, Open Source, SaaS and many others.
Over his fifteen years as a business development executive, Chad has brought together some of the brightest and most successful people in the startup community to share their insights with one another. From entrepreneurs to venture capitalists, Chad has developed a wide network of CEO's and investors.
A quiet champion of talented entrepreneurs for nearly two decades, Chad started as an entrepreneur himself, founding his own tech startup in 1996, raising $2 million and running it for over four years. He has witnessed and helped fuel the growth of startups at many stages and from diverse angles, bringing a deep understanding of the startup ecosystem, and tremendous perspective to any situation.
Throughout his career, Chad has emphasized the importance of developing relationships, thrives on seizing on new opportunities, and helping people to succeed.
Chad earned his BS in Economics and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, and now resides with his wife in Oregon.
Ellen Moran is an executive leader and communications strategist with a record of working in the highest levels of government, Democratic politics, and communications. She has over two decades' experience shaping public and national decision-maker opinion through strategic communications, targeted outreach and coalition building. She has high level experience in a broad range of domestic and global issues, including economic policy, technology and innovation, immigration, and issues affecting women.
At the Dewey Square Group, she counsels clients in the technology, labor, and non-profit sectors. Ellen also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager at H+K Strategies, a global public relations firm. In that capacity she managed all business operations of H+K's Washington, DC office.
Previously, Ellen served as Chief of Staff and chief advisor to the Secretary of Commerce after serving the Obama administration in 2009 as the White House communications director. Before joining the White House, Ellen served as executive director of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for Democratic women candidates where she charted the strategic direction of the organization, and oversaw candidate recruitment, assistance, communications and fundraising operations.
Ellen’s earlier political career includes designing and managing large-scale Democratic advertising efforts, member education work for the AFL-CIO, democracy building work at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and management of gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House campaigns.
Strategic Partner Paul Nikolaidis originally joined Goaloop as Director of Corporate Citizenship. He has over ten years experience in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, including positions with community-based organizations, social enterprises, an asset manager and an investment bank. He is currently a Social Worker and Development Officer at a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community in New York City, where he is exploring innovative productive aging programming and aging-in-place sustainability. Paul recently launched a social enterprise in Upper Manhattan that leverages a technology platform for the benefit of local older adults. He began his career at Barclays Capital on the Debt Capital Markets team covering financial institutions. In 2007, he helped launch Maratan Partners, an asset management firm.
Paul received his M.S. in Social Enterprise from Columbia University, where he was awarded fellowships for study, and Bachelor degrees in Finance and Philosophy from Iona College, where he graduated first in his class.
Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University and his M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His undergraduate training was in Physics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
He conceived the pioneering course Creativity and Personal Mastery. This is the only business school course that has its own alumni association and it has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, Forbes, the Guardian, Business Week and dozens of other publications. He has done pioneering work in motivation and helps senior executives become more engaged in work and discover deep meaning in it. He also works with teams and groups and has been extraordinarily successful in using group dynamics to foster lasting personal change. Many who have been through his program experience quantum leaps in professional and personal effectiveness.
Dr. Rao is the author of "Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life", Hyperion, 2006. The book is an international best-seller and has been translated into many languages and distributed in all continents. He is also the author and narrator of "The Personal Mastery Program", Sounds True, 2007. His latest book is "Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful - No Matter What" McGrawHill, 2010.
He has conducted workshops attended by and spoken before executives of Microsoft, Google, Morgan Stanley, American Express, Chubb, IBM, United Airlines, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs and dozens of others. He has been a contributing editor for Forbes and writes regularly on management practices, leadership and about the impact of technology on business processes. He also has written for other national magazines such as Inc., Business 2.0, Hemispheres, Beyond Computing and Training and was a contributing editor for both Financial World and Success. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
He is a powerful speaker and his talks are featured on many popular sites including the Leading@Google series on YouTube and on TED.
Dr. Rao was an executive with Warner Communications, Continental Group, Data Resources and McGrawHill and has consulted with such companies as RCA, Reuters, Citicorp, GTE, Pan Am and Diner's Club. He has been a seminar leader with the Institute for Management Studies and the American Management Association.
Dr. Rao has regularly taught at top business schools including Columbia Business School, London Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a marketing advisor to the national board of MENSA. His other interests include tennis, squash, karate, table tennis and chess; Eastern philosophy and meditation; and Wodehouse, science fiction and creative writing.
VP of Business Development, Michele Sachar is a seasoned strategy and business development executive with 18 years of industry expertise in traditional and digital media.
Michele began her career as a Principal Consultant for Price Waterhouse, where she managed a variety of critical strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies. Her work there included developing business and distribution plans, creating revenue models, conducting market assessments, conducting capabilities assessments and process improvement plans, all with an eye to the competitive landscape. Michele has worked with senior executives at major media companies including: NBC, where she identified and managed projects to increase advertising revenues and improve operating efficiency; Lifetime, where she extended the brand to emerging media platforms through partnerships; Discovery and AMC/Rainbow Media, where she supported the advertising sales groups through competitive market assessments; and Mediabrands, where she conducted an assessment of the SEM function and developed a strategy for going forward. Michele has worked with numerous startups and digital media companies, such as Joost, RayV, TUN and ExpoBee, setting strategies, growing content, and building businesses through partnerships and sales.
Michele earned her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, graduated High Honors from Swarthmore College, is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and is a registered property and casualty broker in New York. She grew up in suburban Washington D.C. but considers herself a New Yorker. She lives with her husband and three children in Manhattan.
Global business leader Shankha Dey is a mission-driven consultant, product manager and entrepreneur with experience in strategy and solutions delivery in telecom, high tech, finance, and non-profit industries. He is an evangelist and facilitator for nimble processes and transparent cultures, on which he has collaborated with senior leadership teams. He has a proven ability to learn quickly, deal with new and uncertain situations, and successfully lead international projects towards data-driven goals, including during his long tenure at Microsoft.
Shankha has specific experience in transforming businesses using technology (cloud computing, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and blockchain). He is passionate about health, wellness, and improving productivity.
Shankha received his Masters of Science in Computer Science from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology from IIIT, Calcutta, India.
Mr. Shinder has over 23 years of experience in the financial services industry and is a Managing Director and Regional Head of Financial Restructuring for Piper Jaffray & Co. Previously, he was a Managing Director with TPG Specialty Lending.
From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Shinder was a Partner at Perella Weinberg Partners. Prior to joining PWP, Mr. Shinder was a Director in the Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs & Co., where he focused on direct and secondary market investments in the capital structure of financially distressed companies. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Mr. Shinder held leading positions in distressed debt investing, restructuring and special situations with Avenue Capital Group, a multi-strategy alternative asset manager; as Managing Director and Group Head, Americas Special Situations, Merrill Lynch & Co.; as Managing Director, Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory, The Blackstone Group; and as Vice President, Leveraged Finance and Infrastructure Project Finance, Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Shinder earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University and Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Gonzaga University, the Board of Directors of the Urban Arts Partnership, and the Board of Managers of the The Regatta Condominium. Mr. Shinder lives with his wife and daughter in lower Manhattan.
Olivier Sylvain is an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University. He teaches telecommunications law, Internet law, and administrative law. His research and writing focuses chiefly on the public lawmaking processes, communications law and policy, and democratic theory. Olivier Sylvain recently completed doctoral research at Columbia University on the early intellectual and political development of federal communications regulation. As a graduate student at Columbia, he taught a yearlong undergraduate course in the Core Curriculum on ethics, political economy, and social theory.
For three years before entering academia, Olivier was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLC, where he worked on a variety of constitutional law and telecommunications related matters, including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court bearing on national security, the death penalty, and the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Before Jenner & Block, he was the Marvin Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he principally worked on civil rights and educational equity related matters. Before practicing law, Olivier worked in publishing and film.
Olivier earned his undergraduate degree at Williams College, his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and doctorate from Columbia University.
Lori Terrizzi is the creator of Goaloop®. Over the course of eighteen months, as if writing a book, she used images and code to 'write' this website. By month four, she knew she’d eventually need to find an expert engineer to take the demo she was creating to build a fully functioning, scalable site. An MFA graduate of Columbia University’s Film Division, where she was awarded a fellowship for study, Lori is passionate about art forms that fuse creative expression with technology, finding solutions to problems and improving lives. Goaloop is the product of her life-long focus on issues of identity, and her ongoing study of the relative value and relationship between words and images, form and content, equity and ability, truth and memory, power and substance, one of us and all of us.
While completing her degree at Columbia, Lori worked part-time at Lehman Brothers; its collapse in the Fall of '08 and its implication in the worldwide economic downturn focused her attention on the concept of a stock market, which coalesced with other concerns, and led to her re-envisioning a new kind of marketplace for the 21st century: the goal market®.
Lori previously served as Executive Director of an international non-profit organization to help persecuted writers worldwide, and founded ReInventions, a not-for-profit film organization to establish an online library of films that chronicle individual and collective transformations, and to use film as a metaphor to explore authorship in society. Her work in both non-profit and for-profit sectors has involved designing websites and customized technology solutions. Early pivotal experiences include a sculpture apprenticeship in Italy and an internship at The Art Commission of the City of New York. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers College, where she majored in art history and received a scholarship for the study of art and music.
Born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, and the granddaughter of immigrants from Italy and Armenia, Lori now lives in New York City, where Goaloop® began as a series of questions. While drawn to technology, one of Lori’s missions in building Goaloop was to use technology to tame technology in the service of human needs. Among other objectives, it was an effort to quiet and organize the digital storm most of us have been swept up in while maximizing both technological and human potential.
Kelly Whiteside is a Founding Board Member of Goaloop, and originally joined as Founding VP, Communications. In the Fall of 2014, she joined the full-time faculty of Montclair State University's School of Communication and Media as an Assistant Professor in Sports Media and Journalism. For 14 years prior, Kelly was a staff writer at USA Today, where she was the lead Olympics writer, World Cup soccer writer and national college football writer. She has covered seven Olympics, eight World Cups as well as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and major college sports. She was also on its team of reporters trained to cover terrorism in the event of a domestic attack. Prior to joining USA Today, she was a reporter at Newsday and a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. From 1998-2004, she was an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and has also lectured part-time at Rutgers University.
As a sports writer, Kelly has covered every major professional and college sport. She was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her Newsday story on the divisive presence of the Confederate flag at University of Mississippi sporting events. While at Newsday, she also received several awards for her "Race in Sports" series, and her series on Christ the King High School in Queens, New York, which chronicled a season in the life of the premier girls basketball program in the country -- its successes as well as its struggle for equality at its own school.
In 2002, Kelly served as the first female president of the 62-year old Football Writers Association of America, an organization with more than 700 members. She is also the author of two books about women's basketball, and one about the college football rivalry between Auburn and Alabama entitled, A War in Dixie (Harper Collins, September 2001). Additionally, she is the founder of the first all-girls soccer team in Hoboken, New Jersey, which went from zero wins in its inaugural 1996 season to being a competitive force.
Kelly is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Raised in New Jersey, and having traveled the world covering sports, she never quite left home: she now lives in Upper Montclair with her daughter.