MIINT 2018-19 Judges Bios
Susan Balloch, Golden Seeds
Susan has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry, most recently focusing on impact investing. Susan invests in early stage companies founded by women. She is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, one of the top angel investing firms in the U.S.
Prior to this, Susan was the COO of the Global Impact Investing Network, the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Group, and an Executive Director at The Blackstone Group, Private Equity. Susan was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette for 15 years.
Susan is very active in her community and has served on a number of boards.
Susan holds a BS in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ross Baird, Village Capital
Ross Baird is an entrepreneur and investor who is best known for finding, developing, and investing in entrepreneurs in places and industries where most people aren’t looking. He founded Village Capital in 2009 and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over fifty countries since then. He has visited over a hundred cities worldwide by train, plane, and bus in an effort to find new entrepreneurs and help people supporting them, and he and Village Capital have partnered with over twenty Fortune 500 companies to help large institutions uncover new innovations. Before joining Village Capital, Ross worked for a venture capital firm and was on the founding team of four different startups.
Ross and his work have been featured by more than fifty media outlets including the New York Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Inc., and FastCompany. He has also lectured in entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia since 2012. He has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.
Alex Healey, Acumen
Alex Healey is a Senior Associate at Acumen, where he focuses on managing and expanding the organization’s global investment platform. In addition to directly sourcing and managing investments, Alex is also deeply engaged in the development of new investment strategies and the provision of hands-on support to Acumen’s regional investment teams. He is based at Acumen’s headquarters in New York.
Prior to Acumen, Alex was an investment banker at J.P. Morgan, where he focused on global transactions within the cleantech and renewable energy sectors.
He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.
Surya Kolluri, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Surya Kolluri is on the Operating Committee of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Retirement and Wealth Solutions Business where he leads the efforts on Thought Leadership. In this capacity he oversees research and programs in the areas of Longevity, Retirement and ESG / Impact Investing. He manages external relationships in these areas including Stanford Center on Longevity, MIT AgeLab, Wharton Pension Research Council, Boston College Center for Retirement Research and the Gerontological Society of America.
Surya has spoken at a number of public forums including the White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum in Boston, the National Governors Association summer meeting, the Dementia X forum in Stockholm, the World Health Organization Convening on Healthy Aging in Geneva, the OECD roundtable at Oxford University on the topics of Longevity, Cognitive Decline and Social Impact Investing. He has also engaged with students and researchers on these topics at Brown University, Yale University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to this, Surya played a variety of roles at Bank of America including Head of Strategy, Business Support Executive and Channel Development Manager. Surya joined Bank of America in 2006 from Bain & Company. He spent 14 years as a strategy management consultant based out of New York City with consulting firms Bain & A.T. Kearney, serving clients in the US and around the world.
Throughout his career, Surya has worked on pro-bono projects for non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Wharton Pension Research Center as well as the Massachusetts Chapter of the US Alzheimer’s association. He also serves as a corporate member of the CEO Initiative for Alzheimer’s (CEOI) and the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA). He previously served as co-chair of Rebuilding Together Boston, a volunteer organization that helps rebuild homes for Boston communities in need.
Surya has an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from Drexel University, Philadelphia.
Ron Moelis, L+M Development Partners
Ron Moelis is CEO and Co-Founder of L+M Development Partners and its affiliated companies. He is a founding member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing and is an advisory board member of the New York City Housing Partnership. He sits on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of NY and is a member of several non-profit organizations including the Citizens Housing & Planning Council, Civic Builders and New Yorkers 4 Parks.
Ron is on the National Advisory Board of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Trustee of NYU School of Law, where he also established the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing and where he also serves on the advisory board for the Furman Center, an interdisciplinary academic research institute. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he holds both a B.A. in history and a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a J.D. from New York University.
Sarah Morgenstern, Omidyar Network
Sarah is a principal on the Financial Inclusion team at the Omidyar Network, where she focuses on investment opportunities that empower households in the United States to achieve financial health.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Sarah was a manager at McKinsey & Company. Sarah was previously a consultant at APCO Worldwide in Beijing, China, where she advised multinationals on investment and regulatory affairs. Sarah began her career as a Princeton in Asia Fellow at Dalian University of Technology.
Sarah holds an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in international economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in history from Yale University.
Gerry Pambo-Awich, Prudential Financial
Gerald (Gerry) Pambo-Awich is a member of Prudential’s Impact Investments team which today manages a portfolio of more than $400 million in social investments. Prior to this role, he was with the Corporate Development team, which is responsible for all acquisitions and divestitures in the company.
Previously, Gerry worked at Goldman Sachs in a risk & strategy role, followed by investment roles at early stage venture capital, and growth equity firms including Bridges Ventures, and Kapor Capital.
Gerry received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Bard College, where he was a Distinguished Scientist Scholar. Gerry also serves on the Board of Governors of Bard College.
Brian Walsh, Liquidnet
Brian Walsh oversees impact for Liquidnet, a New York-based fintech company. In 2007 Brian launched Liquidnet for Good, where he is responsible for accelerating sustainable global growth through the ingenuity of Liquidnet’s people and the innovation of its capital markets technology.
Brian focuses on mobilizing private capital for public good. He established and chairs the Liquidnet for Good Fund, making early-stage investments in for-profit social impact companies. Through the Fund, Liquidnet supports scalable business solutions to social and environmental challenges and backs companies that build tools to accelerate the practice of impact investing, including the media company ImpactAlpha.
Brian also oversees opportunities for Liquidnet employees to make a meaningful impact, both in the local communities where they work and live, and through a unique partnership with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. This innovative nonprofit empowers orphaned and vulnerable Rwandan youth to build lives of dignity and contribute to a better world. Liquidnet incubated the ASYV and Brian continues to oversee the company’s support, including leading annual skills-based volunteer trips for employees.
Brian serves on the board of the ASYV; is Vice Chair of the board of GlobalGiving, the largest nonprofit crowdfunding platform; and Chair of the board of INCO Community, a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch social and environmental startups. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and the Steering Committee for the MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT). He co-hosts ImpactAlpha's "Returns on Investing" podcast about impact investing, curates a newsletter on innovations in social finance called “All Things Impact,” and teaches a graduate seminar on financing social impact as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he also graduated. Before launching Liquidnet for Good, Brian worked as a strategy consultant to companies and philanthropic organizations.