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Miller Prize Judges

Brian Miller, CIO, North Sound Partners Brian Miller is currently the Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners, a family office based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through North Sound Associates, the partnership invests in alternative investment strategies which can include hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital funds. Brian also serves as General Partner of North Sound Ventures, which invests directly in early stage growth companies. Prior to founding the North Sound group of companies, Brian spent 21 years at Elliott Associates, a $22 Billion AUM hedge fund based in New York. When Brian retired from Elliott in July 2012 he was one of four equity partners and held the title of Chief Trading Officer. He was a member of Elliott’s Management Committee and also served on the Valuation Committee and Risk Committee. Brian’s responsibilities encompassed all of global trading, including structured products, commodities, fixed-income arbitrage and portfolio protection strategies. Prior to starting with Elliott in August 1991, Brian was a Vice President at Yamaichi International where he specialized in arbitrage strategies. Brian received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University at Albany in 1988. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his C.F.A. designation in 1992. He currently serves on the Board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in NYC.

Brian Miller, CIO, North Sound Partners

Brian Miller is currently the Chief Investment Officer of North Sound Partners, a family office based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Through North Sound Associates, the partnership invests in alternative investment strategies which can include hedge funds, private equity, and venture capital funds. Brian also serves as General Partner of North Sound Ventures, which invests directly in early stage growth companies. Prior to founding the North Sound group of companies, Brian spent 21 years at Elliott Associates, a $22 Billion AUM hedge fund based in New York. When Brian retired from Elliott in July 2012 he was one of four equity partners and held the title of Chief Trading Officer. He was a member of Elliott’s Management Committee and also served on the Valuation Committee and Risk Committee. Brian’s responsibilities encompassed all of global trading, including structured products, commodities, fixed-income arbitrage and portfolio protection strategies. Prior to starting with Elliott in August 1991, Brian was a Vice President at Yamaichi International where he specialized in arbitrage strategies. Brian received a B.Sc. in Economics from the University at Albany in 1988. Mr. Miller is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his C.F.A. designation in 1992. He currently serves on the Board of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in NYC.

Julie Dorsey, Yale Computer Science Professor & Founder, Mental Canvas Julie Dorsey is a Professor of Computer Science at Yale University, where she teaches computer graphics, and the founder of Mental Canvas, a software company that is developing a new class of graphical-media-design system that lies between today's 2D digital draw-and-paint systems and 3D computer-aided design systems, combining the ease and fluidity of sketching with expansive 3D capabilities. The startup is based on technology that Dorsey developed and formed a recent partnership with Microsoft for use on the Surface Studio. She came to Yale in 2002 from MIT, where she held tenured appointments in both the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the School of Architecture. She received undergraduate degrees in architecture and graduate degrees in computer science from Cornell University.

Julie Dorsey, Yale Computer Science Professor & Founder, Mental Canvas

Julie Dorsey is a Professor of Computer Science at Yale University, where she teaches computer graphics, and the founder of Mental Canvas, a software company that is developing a new class of graphical-media-design system that lies between today's 2D digital draw-and-paint systems and 3D computer-aided design systems, combining the ease and fluidity of sketching with expansive 3D capabilities. The startup is based on technology that Dorsey developed and formed a recent partnership with Microsoft for use on the Surface Studio. She came to Yale in 2002 from MIT, where she held tenured appointments in both the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the School of Architecture. She received undergraduate degrees in architecture and graduate degrees in computer science from Cornell University.

Emily Nichols, Innovation Program Manager at Internet2 Emily Nichols is a market researcher and analyst, with more than 20 years of experience in IT services. She currently works as Innovation Program Manager at Internet2, a member-owned advanced technology community founded in 1996 by the nation’s leading higher education institutions. Nichols leads the development of the Chief Innovation Office's Collaborative Innovation Program, including IoT, End to End Trust & Security, and Distributed Big Data, and develops market insights for future innovation priorities. Previously, Nichols worked at IBM on the development of energy, environment, and sustainability strategies, including Smarter Buildings. She also worked at PwC Consulting, identifying new technology markets, acquisition opportunities, partnership opportunities, and go-to-market strategies. Nichols received her B.A in Political Science and Spanish from Hollins College.

Emily Nichols, Innovation Program Manager at Internet2

Emily Nichols is a market researcher and analyst, with more than 20 years of experience in IT services. She currently works as Innovation Program Manager at Internet2, a member-owned advanced technology community founded in 1996 by the nation’s leading higher education institutions. Nichols leads the development of the Chief Innovation Office's Collaborative Innovation Program, including IoT, End to End Trust & Security, and Distributed Big Data, and develops market insights for future innovation priorities. Previously, Nichols worked at IBM on the development of energy, environment, and sustainability strategies, including Smarter Buildings. She also worked at PwC Consulting, identifying new technology markets, acquisition opportunities, partnership opportunities, and go-to-market strategies. Nichols received her B.A in Political Science and Spanish from Hollins College.

Matt Storeygard, Director, Venture Team at CT Innovations Matt Storeygard is a Director on the Venture Team at Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public venture capital fund investing in early stage technology companies in the State of Connecticut. Matt is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring new investments and monitoring portfolio companies.  He a Board Member of SeeClickFix, Diameter Health, Inbox Health, Shelf, and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, and is Board Observer on several other companies. Matt’s extensive experience includes five years at Cross Sector Consulting, where he provided strategic consulting services including planning, financial analyses, competitive analyses and implementation strategies for a variety of clients. Previously, he worked at the Urban Institute, where he developed predictive models to analyze the effects of health policy legislation.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Matt Storeygard, Director, Venture Team at CT Innovations

Matt Storeygard is a Director on the Venture Team at Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public venture capital fund investing in early stage technology companies in the State of Connecticut. Matt is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring new investments and monitoring portfolio companies.  He a Board Member of SeeClickFix, Diameter Health, Inbox Health, Shelf, and Sustainable Real Estate Solutions, and is Board Observer on several other companies. Matt’s extensive experience includes five years at Cross Sector Consulting, where he provided strategic consulting services including planning, financial analyses, competitive analyses and implementation strategies for a variety of clients. Previously, he worked at the Urban Institute, where he developed predictive models to analyze the effects of health policy legislation.  He holds a B.A. in Economics from Haverford College, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

J.R. Logan, Chief Maker of MakeHaven J.R. is currently the Director of Digital Resources for United Way of Greater New Haven. In this role he works to foster an organizational culture of knowledge and learning that empowers employees to effectively participate in online and new media engagement activities. J.R. is also founder of Progressable, LLC, an independent company helping United Way’s and other nonprofits leverage technology to enable organizational progress. He serves as the board chairman of the New Haven Land Trust and is a Founder and Chief Maker of MakeHaven, a nonprofit makerspace and workshop focused on empowering creativity and innovation. JR holds a masters of Public Affairs at Indiana University. J.R. has been recognized in the New Haven Business Times: 40 Under Forty.

J.R. Logan, Chief Maker of MakeHaven

J.R. is currently the Director of Digital Resources for United Way of Greater New Haven. In this role he works to foster an organizational culture of knowledge and learning that empowers employees to effectively participate in online and new media engagement activities. J.R. is also founder of Progressable, LLC, an independent company helping United Way’s and other nonprofits leverage technology to enable organizational progress. He serves as the board chairman of the New Haven Land Trust and is a Founder and Chief Maker of MakeHaven, a nonprofit makerspace and workshop focused on empowering creativity and innovation. JR holds a masters of Public Affairs at Indiana University. J.R. has been recognized in the New Haven Business Times: 40 Under Forty.

Sabin Prize Judges


Ralph Earle, Managing Director at Clean Energy Venture Group Ralph Earle is one of the founders of the Clean Energy Venture Group and an expert in environmental policy, strategy and investing. He has worked with market leading organizations to catalyze superior environmental and financial performance for almost three decades. Previously, Mr. Earle was the founding Director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Corporate Partnership Program. The projects he led with SC Johnson, Starbucks and United Parcel Service are widely hailed as examples of positive environmental change. Before EDF, Ralph led Arthur D. Little’s Competitive Environmental Strategy practice, where he helped corporations integrate environmental considerations into their long-term decision-making. Prior to Arthur D. little, Mr. Earle served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he led the development of the state’s recycling program and the state’s first Solid Waste Master Plan. Ralph serves as a board observer on the Purpose Energy board; previously, he was a board member of eQuilibrium Solutions and Skystream Markets. He also serves as Co-Chair of the American Cancer Society’s “Pay-If” Committee, a Governor of the Concord Museum, and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sustainable Product Design. He is the author of numerous papers and speeches on environmental strategy, environmental management, recycling, life cycle analysis, and socially responsible investing. Ralph holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College.

Ralph Earle, Managing Director at Clean Energy Venture Group

Ralph Earle is one of the founders of the Clean Energy Venture Group and an expert in environmental policy, strategy and investing. He has worked with market leading organizations to catalyze superior environmental and financial performance for almost three decades. Previously, Mr. Earle was the founding Director of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Corporate Partnership Program. The projects he led with SC Johnson, Starbucks and United Parcel Service are widely hailed as examples of positive environmental change. Before EDF, Ralph led Arthur D. Little’s Competitive Environmental Strategy practice, where he helped corporations integrate environmental considerations into their long-term decision-making. Prior to Arthur D. little, Mr. Earle served as Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he led the development of the state’s recycling program and the state’s first Solid Waste Master Plan. Ralph serves as a board observer on the Purpose Energy board; previously, he was a board member of eQuilibrium Solutions and Skystream Markets. He also serves as Co-Chair of the American Cancer Society’s “Pay-If” Committee, a Governor of the Concord Museum, and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sustainable Product Design. He is the author of numerous papers and speeches on environmental strategy, environmental management, recycling, life cycle analysis, and socially responsible investing. Ralph holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA, cum laude, from Harvard College.

Liddy Karter, Managing Director at Enhanced Capital Partners Liddy Karter is the Managing Director at Enhanced Capital Partners, a diversified national asset management company that manages 15 state focused funds, providing investment capital to small businesses that are traditionally under-served by conventional sources of financing. ECP generates superior returns while delivering a clear and measurable economic development impact. She was formerly the director of Crossroads Venture Group. She has a degree in History and Mechanical Engineering from Barnard College and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Liddy Karter, Managing Director at Enhanced Capital Partners

Liddy Karter is the Managing Director at Enhanced Capital Partners, a diversified national asset management company that manages 15 state focused funds, providing investment capital to small businesses that are traditionally under-served by conventional sources of financing. ECP generates superior returns while delivering a clear and measurable economic development impact. She was formerly the director of Crossroads Venture Group. She has a degree in History and Mechanical Engineering from Barnard College and an MBA from Yale School of Management.

Peter Boyd, Executive Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment; Founder & CEO at Time4Good Group; Senior Advisor & Climate Lead at the B Team At Yale, Peter is Executive Fellow at the Center for Business and the Environment. This involves guest-lecturing on selected courses, helping accelerate social and environmental entrepreneurship across campus, offering career advice for students, and hosting a new ‘Net-Zero Think Project’ discussion group. Outside Yale, Peter’s work spans strategy, marketing, climate change solutions and entrepreneurial opportunity. He recently moved from launch director and COO of the Carbon War Room to advising The B Team on their ‘Net-Zero’ initiative leading up to COP21 in Paris, and is now focused on launching his own company Time4Good. Peter’s private sector experience includes more than 10 years with Virgin Group (including time as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa) and McKinsey & Co.; after graduating BA Hons. from Oxford University reading Philosophy, Politics & Economics. In his hometown of Westport, CT he is a member of the board of trustees at Earthplace and serves on the town’s Green Task Force.

Peter Boyd, Executive Fellow at Yale Center for Business and the Environment; Founder & CEO at Time4Good Group; Senior Advisor & Climate Lead at the B Team

At Yale, Peter is Executive Fellow at the Center for Business and the Environment. This involves guest-lecturing on selected courses, helping accelerate social and environmental entrepreneurship across campus, offering career advice for students, and hosting a new ‘Net-Zero Think Project’ discussion group.

Outside Yale, Peter’s work spans strategy, marketing, climate change solutions and entrepreneurial opportunity. He recently moved from launch director and COO of the Carbon War Room to advising The B Team on their ‘Net-Zero’ initiative leading up to COP21 in Paris, and is now focused on launching his own company Time4Good. Peter’s private sector experience includes more than 10 years with Virgin Group (including time as CEO of Virgin Mobile South Africa) and McKinsey & Co.; after graduating BA Hons. from Oxford University reading Philosophy, Politics & Economics.

In his hometown of Westport, CT he is a member of the board of trustees at Earthplace and serves on the town’s Green Task Force.


Andrew Sabin, President at Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Andy Sabin does more than simply provide financial support to hundreds of organizations. He is actively engaged with community and environmental programs around the world. He spearheaded the building of a community recreation center in East Hampton, NY. As an extension of his life long fascination with reptiles and amphibians and dedication to environmental education, he founded the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton and he continues to lead nature walks for the institution. (Mr. Sabin also participated in an expedition to Papua, New Guinea, that resulted in the discovery of a new species of frog that is named for him: Aphantophryne sabini.) Mr. Sabin has served for several years on the environmental law advisory boards at Columbia Law School and UCLA School of Law, relationships that began through his role as treasurer of The Evan Frankel Foundation, which made grants of more than $17 million during its 15-year existence. Mr. Sabin is also proud to be a member of the board of visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas since 2005. In 2007, to provide more professional support for his philanthropy and involve his family in charitable giving, he established the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation. Andy's passions are his family, the environment, bicycling and fishing.

Andrew Sabin, President at Andrew Sabin Family Foundation

Andy Sabin does more than simply provide financial support to hundreds of organizations. He is actively engaged with community and environmental programs around the world. He spearheaded the building of a community recreation center in East Hampton, NY. As an extension of his life long fascination with reptiles and amphibians and dedication to environmental education, he founded the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton and he continues to lead nature walks for the institution. (Mr. Sabin also participated in an expedition to Papua, New Guinea, that resulted in the discovery of a new species of frog that is named for him: Aphantophryne sabini.) Mr. Sabin has served for several years on the environmental law advisory boards at Columbia Law School and UCLA School of Law, relationships that began through his role as treasurer of The Evan Frankel Foundation, which made grants of more than $17 million during its 15-year existence. Mr. Sabin is also proud to be a member of the board of visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas since 2005. In 2007, to provide more professional support for his philanthropy and involve his family in charitable giving, he established the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation. Andy's passions are his family, the environment, bicycling and fishing.

 
Lindsey Brace Martinez, Founder and Principal at StarPoint Advisors, LLC Lindsey has over 25 years of investment and management experience, is a recognized thought leader and has a proven track record working with sophisticated global institutional investors at top tier endowments, foundations and family offices.  Lindsey has advised hundreds of institutions and family offices on specific organizational, strategic and investment challenges and opportunities and led over 60 roundtables for senior level investor peer groups. Lindsey founded StarPoint Advisors in 2015.  She serves as a strategic partner to her clients who include Board and Executive leaders at investment management firms and large non-profit institutions and family organizations.  Lindsey takes a collaborative approach and stays engaged with her clients from strategy development through implementation.  She provides support in the areas of: business strategy and execution, marketing and client outreach, internal and external stakeholder alignment, and governance best practices.  She has particular interest in the natural resource sector and sustainable market solutions. Prior to founding StarPoint, Lindsey spent 15 years in executive roles at Cambridge Associates, a global investment advisory firm, including Managing Director of Global Client Service & Relations and Head of Global Consulting. Previously, she was a portfolio analyst and manager at the Hancock Timber Resource Group; senior consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and held roles at several economic development and conservation-focused non-profits. Lindsey is a Non-Executive Director at Impax Asset Management, an LSE-listed asset management firm focused on the environmental markets, and is Chair of the Board at Novatus Energy, LLC a renewable energy platform of solar and wind projects in the U.S. She serves on the Investment Committee for the National Geographic Society and the Advisory Board for the Yale Center for Business and Environment.

Lindsey Brace Martinez, Founder and Principal at StarPoint Advisors, LLC

Lindsey has over 25 years of investment and management experience, is a recognized thought leader and has a proven track record working with sophisticated global institutional investors at top tier endowments, foundations and family offices.  Lindsey has advised hundreds of institutions and family offices on specific organizational, strategic and investment challenges and opportunities and led over 60 roundtables for senior level investor peer groups. Lindsey founded StarPoint Advisors in 2015.  She serves as a strategic partner to her clients who include Board and Executive leaders at investment management firms and large non-profit institutions and family organizations.  Lindsey takes a collaborative approach and stays engaged with her clients from strategy development through implementation.  She provides support in the areas of: business strategy and execution, marketing and client outreach, internal and external stakeholder alignment, and governance best practices.  She has particular interest in the natural resource sector and sustainable market solutions. Prior to founding StarPoint, Lindsey spent 15 years in executive roles at Cambridge Associates, a global investment advisory firm, including Managing Director of Global Client Service & Relations and Head of Global Consulting. Previously, she was a portfolio analyst and manager at the Hancock Timber Resource Group; senior consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton; and held roles at several economic development and conservation-focused non-profits. Lindsey is a Non-Executive Director at Impax Asset Management, an LSE-listed asset management firm focused on the environmental markets, and is Chair of the Board at Novatus Energy, LLC a renewable energy platform of solar and wind projects in the U.S. She serves on the Investment Committee for the National Geographic Society and the Advisory Board for the Yale Center for Business and Environment.

 

Aetna Prize Judges

Vanessa Mason - CEO and Founder, Riveted Partners and Co-Founder, P2Health Ventures Vanessa Mason is co-founder of P2Health Ventures and CEO and founder at Riveted Partners, a consultancy that sparks behavior change by accelerating digital health innovation. Prior, she led product development for ZeroDivide's portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. She also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley and as a TEDMED Research Scholar.  

Vanessa Mason - CEO and Founder, Riveted Partners and Co-Founder, P2Health Ventures

Vanessa Mason is co-founder of P2Health Ventures and CEO and founder at Riveted Partners, a consultancy that sparks behavior change by accelerating digital health innovation. Prior, she led product development for ZeroDivide's portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. She also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley and as a TEDMED Research Scholar.

 

Will Crawford - VP, Engineering & Head of Boston Office, Fitbit Will Crawford leads the growth of Fitbit’s Boston Office and is responsible for software engineering teams, web and mobile functionality and analytics infrastructure. He has over 15 years of tech management and leadership experience. Prior to Fitbit, Will was CTO at Invantage (a pioneer SaaS company), a Health IT advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services, and was Founder and CEO of Linked Medical (a Massachusetts General Hospital spin-off that was acquired in 2013). He is also the co-author of several popular books on software development, including Java Servlet Programming, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell and J2EE Design Patterns.

Will Crawford - VP, Engineering & Head of Boston Office, Fitbit

Will Crawford leads the growth of Fitbit’s Boston Office and is responsible for software engineering teams, web and mobile functionality and analytics infrastructure. He has over 15 years of tech management and leadership experience. Prior to Fitbit, Will was CTO at Invantage (a pioneer SaaS company), a Health IT advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services, and was Founder and CEO of Linked Medical (a Massachusetts General Hospital spin-off that was acquired in 2013). He is also the co-author of several popular books on software development, including Java Servlet Programming, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell and J2EE Design Patterns.


Alyse B. Sabina -National Program Director, Aetna Foundation Alyse B. Sabina, National Program Director of the Aetna Foundation, is responsible for directing the Foundation’s national and international programs and managing a portfolio of strategic national and international grants in the foundation's focus areas of health innovations, health equity, and healthy eating and active living. She has served as a program officer for national and international grants in digital health and integrated health care, with a focus on care coordination and quality. Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation she was a program officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis, specializing in programs addressing obesity prevention, mental health, substance abuse, women’s health issues, and nonprofit capacity building.  She is a 2012 fellow in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy. She earned her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA at the University of Rochester.  

Alyse B. Sabina -National Program Director, Aetna Foundation

Alyse B. Sabina, National Program Director of the Aetna Foundation, is responsible for directing the Foundation’s national and international programs and managing a portfolio of strategic national and international grants in the foundation's focus areas of health innovations, health equity, and healthy eating and active living. She has served as a program officer for national and international grants in digital health and integrated health care, with a focus on care coordination and quality.

Prior to joining the Aetna Foundation she was a program officer at the Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis, specializing in programs addressing obesity prevention, mental health, substance abuse, women’s health issues, and nonprofit capacity building.  She is a 2012 fellow in the Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy.

She earned her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA at the University of Rochester.

 

Bobby Jefferson - Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health Bobby Jefferson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for DAI Global Health.  Bobby has a relentless entrepreneurial passion for using mobile solutions for social development, and clinical applications, finding ways to use technology innovations to address health needs of the poor and most vulnerable in rural areas. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and implementing technology startups investment opportunities. He performs technology reviews of strategic corporate investments in early-stage companies, startup innovations, and early stage social ventures. His role includes due diligence of pre-revenue startups, early seed round innovators, niche health solutions. He collaborates with incubators and Global Accelerator Networks in Denver, Maryland, Boston, and North Carolina. Bobby supports minority investments in exciting technology start-ups and business mentor to health tech startups. He is appointed as Board Adviser and Board Observer during (post-deal ) implementation, to protect investment , assess soundness of the business model and foster the venture’s impact to achieve scale.

Bobby Jefferson - Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health

Bobby Jefferson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for DAI Global Health.  Bobby has a relentless entrepreneurial passion for using mobile solutions for social development, and clinical applications, finding ways to use technology innovations to address health needs of the poor and most vulnerable in rural areas. He is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and implementing technology startups investment opportunities. He performs technology reviews of strategic corporate investments in early-stage companies, startup innovations, and early stage social ventures. His role includes due diligence of pre-revenue startups, early seed round innovators, niche health solutions. He collaborates with incubators and Global Accelerator Networks in Denver, Maryland, Boston, and North Carolina. Bobby supports minority investments in exciting technology start-ups and business mentor to health tech startups. He is appointed as Board Adviser and Board Observer during (post-deal ) implementation, to protect investment , assess soundness of the business model and foster the venture’s impact to achieve scale.

Seth Feuerstein - Yale University Department of Psychiatry; Chief Medical Officer, Medical and Digital Innovation, Magellan Healthcare Dr. Seth Feuerstein is on the clinical faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, and as a psychiatrist for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as well as chief medical officer of medical and digital innovation at Magellan Healthcare. In this role, he leads the development of effective business and clinical programs that leverage technology in several areas. Feuerstein, a psychiatrist by training, developed the nation’s leading computerized CBT software suite and platform as the founder of Cobalt Therapeutics.  Cobalt was acquired by Magellan in 2014.  These virtual therapeutic programs address 90 percent of behavioral health complaints. Feuerstein developed this virtual care platform to achieve better health, better care, and lower costs for problems such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, OCD and substance abuse.   He is also active in the health technology ecosystem as an advisor and board member to several medical and behavioral companies and investment firms. Feuerstein received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his medical and law degrees from New York University, and completed his medical internship and residency at Yale University.  

Seth Feuerstein - Yale University Department of Psychiatry; Chief Medical Officer, Medical and Digital Innovation, Magellan Healthcare

Dr. Seth Feuerstein is on the clinical faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, and as a psychiatrist for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as well as chief medical officer of medical and digital innovation at Magellan Healthcare. In this role, he leads the development of effective business and clinical programs that leverage technology in several areas. Feuerstein, a psychiatrist by training, developed the nation’s leading computerized CBT software suite and platform as the founder of Cobalt Therapeutics.  Cobalt was acquired by Magellan in 2014.  These virtual therapeutic programs address 90 percent of behavioral health complaints. Feuerstein developed this virtual care platform to achieve better health, better care, and lower costs for problems such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, OCD and substance abuse.   He is also active in the health technology ecosystem as an advisor and board member to several medical and behavioral companies and investment firms. Feuerstein received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, his medical and law degrees from New York University, and completed his medical internship and residency at Yale University.

 

Dr. Tekisha Dawn Everette - Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions Tekisha has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people both with and at risk for diabetes. Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy. She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Dr. Tekisha Dawn Everette - Executive Director, Health Equity Solutions

Tekisha has built a successful career in public policy, particularly health care policy, and advocacy in the non-profit, state, and private sectors. Before taking the helm of Health Equity Solutions (HES), she served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association where she provided strategic leadership on policy and advocacy initiatives with the White House, several federal agencies, and Congress, which led to important victories for people both with and at risk for diabetes. Everette earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy. She received her Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (popularly known as Virginia Tech) and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Thorne Prize Judges

Kanya Balakrishna, Cofounder and President of The Future Project Kanya Balakrishna is the co-founder and president of The Future Project, a national initiative to unlock the passion and purpose of young people, one school at a time. Launched in 2011, The Future Project recruits, trains, and dispatches transformational leaders called Dream Directors into high schools across the country. In partnership with teachers and community members, Dream Directors inspire and equip students to transform their schools from the inside out by building passion-driven Future Projects that change the world around them.. Over the past four years, The Future Project has launched in seven major American cities, served tens of thousands of students, and raised more than $25MM from leading national and local philanthropists. Kanya graduated from Yale, where she studied anthropology and served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She launched The Future Project after working as the chief speechwriter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.  

Kanya Balakrishna, Cofounder and President of The Future Project

Kanya Balakrishna is the co-founder and president of The Future Project, a national initiative to unlock the passion and purpose of young people, one school at a time. Launched in 2011, The Future Project recruits, trains, and dispatches transformational leaders called Dream Directors into high schools across the country. In partnership with teachers and community members, Dream Directors inspire and equip students to transform their schools from the inside out by building passion-driven Future Projects that change the world around them.. Over the past four years, The Future Project has launched in seven major American cities, served tens of thousands of students, and raised more than $25MM from leading national and local philanthropists. Kanya graduated from Yale, where she studied anthropology and served as managing editor of the Yale Daily News. She launched The Future Project after working as the chief speechwriter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

 

Dr. Jay Rajda, Medical Director, Aetna's Innovation Labs Dr. Jay Rajda is the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Senior Medical Director with Aetna Health and Clinical Services where he is responsible for clinical innovation, and the development of innovative, community based personalized care models. Previously, he worked at Aetna's Innovation Labs, where he worked on identifying, validating, and deploying innovative clinical and technology ideas a few years ahead of the market. Prior to that, he was Medical Director at ActiveHealth Management, where he was responsible for the development of clinical analytics, clinical decision support, performance improvement and care management programs. He also provided clinical expertise in implementing value-based care delivery and population health management solutions to several client organizations including plan sponsors, provider organizations and ACOs. Board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Rajda has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Mumbai, and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. He is an active member of the New York City health innovation community.  

Dr. Jay Rajda, Medical Director, Aetna's Innovation Labs

Dr. Jay Rajda is the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Senior Medical Director with Aetna Health and Clinical Services where he is responsible for clinical innovation, and the development of innovative, community based personalized care models. Previously, he worked at Aetna's Innovation Labs, where he worked on identifying, validating, and deploying innovative clinical and technology ideas a few years ahead of the market. Prior to that, he was Medical Director at ActiveHealth Management, where he was responsible for the development of clinical analytics, clinical decision support, performance improvement and care management programs. He also provided clinical expertise in implementing value-based care delivery and population health management solutions to several client organizations including plan sponsors, provider organizations and ACOs. Board certified in Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Rajda has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Mumbai, and an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. He is an active member of the New York City health innovation community.

 

Rob Bettigole, Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures Rob is the founder of New Haven-based Elm Street Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm in which Yale is the largest investor.  Founded in 2006, ESV has invested in 21 companies to date, co-founding many of them.  Rob has served on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute since its inception in 2007 and is on the Investment Committee of the YEI Innovation Fund.  He has a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, where he is an Executive Fellow and helps teach courses on entrepreneurship. Rob serves as Chairman of P2 Science and is also a board member of SeeClickFix.  He is Elm Street’s observer on the boards of Arvinas, Inc. and Device42.  Previously, Rob founded several start-ups and was a venture capitalist with Rothschild Inc. and Investor AB.

Rob Bettigole, Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures

Rob is the founder of New Haven-based Elm Street Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm in which Yale is the largest investor.  Founded in 2006, ESV has invested in 21 companies to date, co-founding many of them.  Rob has served on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute since its inception in 2007 and is on the Investment Committee of the YEI Innovation Fund.  He has a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and an MPPM from the Yale School of Management, where he is an Executive Fellow and helps teach courses on entrepreneurship. Rob serves as Chairman of P2 Science and is also a board member of SeeClickFix.  He is Elm Street’s observer on the boards of Arvinas, Inc. and Device42.  Previously, Rob founded several start-ups and was a venture capitalist with Rothschild Inc. and Investor AB.

 
Dave Thomas, Managing Partner, Court Square Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Court Square Investment Team since 1980.  Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron.  He is currently a director of Cadence Aerospace, Conterra Broadband, Mspark and NSM Healthcare.  He most recently served on the boards of Fibertech Networks, Harvard Drug Group, Wyle Labs, Newmarket International and Auto Europe Group.  Previous boards include Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, The Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.  Mr. Thomas is currently on the advisory council for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council. Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Court Square Investment Team since 1980.  Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron.  He is currently a director of Cadence Aerospace, Conterra Broadband, Mspark and NSM Healthcare.  He most recently served on the boards of Fibertech Networks, Harvard Drug Group, Wyle Labs, Newmarket International and Auto Europe Group.  Previous boards include Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, The Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.  Mr. Thomas is currently on the advisory council for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council.  

Dave Thomas, Managing Partner, Court Square

Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Court Square Investment Team since 1980.  Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron.  He is currently a director of Cadence Aerospace, Conterra Broadband, Mspark and NSM Healthcare.  He most recently served on the boards of Fibertech Networks, Harvard Drug Group, Wyle Labs, Newmarket International and Auto Europe Group.  Previous boards include Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, The Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.  Mr. Thomas is currently on the advisory council for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council. Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Court Square Investment Team since 1980.  Mr. Thomas received degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Akron.  He is currently a director of Cadence Aerospace, Conterra Broadband, Mspark and NSM Healthcare.  He most recently served on the boards of Fibertech Networks, Harvard Drug Group, Wyle Labs, Newmarket International and Auto Europe Group.  Previous boards include Aviall, Brintec, C&H Sugar, DavCo Restaurants, The Devon Group, Flender, Furnishings International, Hancor Pipe, Interface Solutions, International Airmotive, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Mid-Atlantic Coca Cola, Neenah Foundry, Network Communications, Pamida Stores, People Express Airlines, Smith Alarm, Worldspan Technologies, York International and Zatarains.  Mr. Thomas is currently on the advisory council for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council.

 

Shin Daimyo, Senior Advisor, Partners In Health Shin Daimyo, RN, is Senior Advisor at Partners In Health, providing guidance on mental health systems building in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, and Russia. At PIH, he managed the scale up of community-based mental health services in the Central Plateau/Artibonite region of Haiti, and acts as Co-Investigator for the development of community mental health services by nurses in the Burera District of Rwanda. He was a Policy Fellow at the World Health Organization, and has advised NGOs in India and Pakistan on developing mental health services for the poor. Shin also served on the Board of Directors of Do Good Well, a nonprofit aimed at accelerating social entrepreneurship in young leaders. Shin is a board certified registered nurse and a psychiatric nurse practitioner candidate at the Yale School of Nursing, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, a graduate University of Southern California and Boston University School of Public Health, and a Humanitarian and Human Rights Policy Fellow of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Shin Daimyo, Senior Advisor, Partners In Health

Shin Daimyo, RN, is Senior Advisor at Partners In Health, providing guidance on mental health systems building in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, and Russia. At PIH, he managed the scale up of community-based mental health services in the Central Plateau/Artibonite region of Haiti, and acts as Co-Investigator for the development of community mental health services by nurses in the Burera District of Rwanda. He was a Policy Fellow at the World Health Organization, and has advised NGOs in India and Pakistan on developing mental health services for the poor. Shin also served on the Board of Directors of Do Good Well, a nonprofit aimed at accelerating social entrepreneurship in young leaders. Shin is a board certified registered nurse and a psychiatric nurse practitioner candidate at the Yale School of Nursing, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, a graduate University of Southern California and Boston University School of Public Health, and a Humanitarian and Human Rights Policy Fellow of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Margaret Yates Thorne, Managing Partner, Sociable Weavers; Owner, Niknats Ms. Thorne is the Managing Partner of Sociable Weavers, providing seed investing to transformational start-ups in education and healthcare. Margie is also the owner of Niknats, a personalized needlepoint gift business. She has worked for the last twenty years with a wide range of non-profits, providing support in start-up management, fundraising, and finance. Margie has chaired the boards of The Bronx Preparatory Charter School and Peer Health Exchange and served on many boards including Student Sponsor Partners and READ, and is a judge for the Teach for America Social Innovation Award. Margie has a BA from Yale and also studied educational psychology at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. Prior to her work with non-profits, she worked for fifteen years at Citigroup. Margie is married to Nate Thorne, previously head of private equity at Merrill Lynch and Blackrock, and is the mother of two sons. The whole family are Yale graduates.

Margaret Yates Thorne, Managing Partner, Sociable Weavers; Owner, Niknats

Ms. Thorne is the Managing Partner of Sociable Weavers, providing seed investing to transformational start-ups in education and healthcare. Margie is also the owner of Niknats, a personalized needlepoint gift business. She has worked for the last twenty years with a wide range of non-profits, providing support in start-up management, fundraising, and finance. Margie has chaired the boards of The Bronx Preparatory Charter School and Peer Health Exchange and served on many boards including Student Sponsor Partners and READ, and is a judge for the Teach for America Social Innovation Award. Margie has a BA from Yale and also studied educational psychology at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. Prior to her work with non-profits, she worked for fifteen years at Citigroup. Margie is married to Nate Thorne, previously head of private equity at Merrill Lynch and Blackrock, and is the mother of two sons. The whole family are Yale graduates.

Raj Gorla, CEO,  Contineo Health; Managing Partner, Equilateral Ventures; President, Suraksha Raj is the CEO of Contineo Health and has vast experience in health informatics in the areas of Clinical Transformation, Population Health, Data Analytics, Interoperability and Mobile Health. His passion lies in technology innovations that can increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes worldwide. Raj has traveled around the world to volunteer for health infrastructure, disaster response and human rights related projects and advises various non-profits on paths to sustainability. At Yale SOM, Raj founded Equilateral Ventures an impact fund that accelerates digital health start-ups that seek to reduce global health inequities. He is also the founder of Suraksha, a non-profit based in South India working to empower and educate girls with disabilities.  Raj has an MBA from Yale University and prior Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science.

Raj Gorla, CEO,  Contineo Health; Managing Partner, Equilateral Ventures; President, Suraksha

Raj is the CEO of Contineo Health and has vast experience in health informatics in the areas of Clinical Transformation, Population Health, Data Analytics, Interoperability and Mobile Health. His passion lies in technology innovations that can increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes worldwide. Raj has traveled around the world to volunteer for health infrastructure, disaster response and human rights related projects and advises various non-profits on paths to sustainability. At Yale SOM, Raj founded Equilateral Ventures an impact fund that accelerates digital health start-ups that seek to reduce global health inequities. He is also the founder of Suraksha, a non-profit based in South India working to empower and educate girls with disabilities.  Raj has an MBA from Yale University and prior Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science.