MIINT 2016-17 Judges Bios
Susan Balloch, Golden Seeds
Susan has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry, most recently focusing on social impact investing. Susan is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, one of the top angel investing firms in the United States. Golden Seeds is focused on providing capital to women entrepreneurs by investing in women founded or women led early stage companies.
Susan was recently the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Impact Investing Network (the “GIIN”). In this role, Susan led the GIIN in its rapid growth and helped build the organizational capacity. Prior to this, Susan was an Executive Director at The Blackstone Group, Private Equity, the Co-Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of the Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Group, and a Managing Director at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where she worked for over 15 years focusing on mergers and acquisitions and financings, including initial public offerings.
Susan was an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Business School where she co-taught a leadership class. She 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 of the University of Pennsylvania.
Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large
Suzanne Biegel is founder of Catalyst At Large Ltd and has more than 25 years’ of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, board member, and hands-on operational manager.
She is a Senior Gender Lens Investing Advisor at Wharton Social Impact Initiative. She founded Clearly Social Angels as part of ClearlySo in the U.K. She also serves as Investment Director for the SPRING Accelerator. Suzanne served until recently on the board of directors of Confluence Philanthropy. She is a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She is on the global advisory board of Cornerstone Capital Management. She is a fellow at Tribe Impact Capital in the U.K.
Suzanne is personally an active impact angel and venture investor, and serves on the Investment Committee of the Patient Capital Collaborative, the venture fund of Investors' Circle. She is a also a member of Toniic. Suzanne lives in London.
Matt Greenfield, Rethink Education
Matt Greenfield is Managing Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology. He is on the boards of Ace Learning, BrightBytes, and Hapara and serves as an advisor to University Ventures and Laureate Education. His non-profit affiliations include the leadership council of NewSchools Venture Fund and the board of Mouse.org.
Matt received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English from Yale University, where he won five academic prizes and fellowships from the Mellon and Whiting Foundations and served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities. He taught at Bowdoin College, where he served on the committee overseeing admissions, and the City University of New York, where he served on a college curriculum committee, helped launch an interdisciplinary learning community program for first-year students, taught in the teacher preparation program, and taught graduate classes in literature to teachers from the New York City public schools.
Surya Kolluri, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Surya Kolluri is a Managing Director and manages Policy and Market Planning for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions Business. In this capacity, he oversees incubation and commercialization of programs such as Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) Investing and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). He also manages external relationships with regard to research and policy development in the areas of aging and longevity.
Previously, Surya played a variety of roles at the organization including Head of Strategy, Business Support Executive and Channel Development Manager. Surya joined Bank of America in 2006 from Bain & Company.
Surya has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from Drexel University, Philadelphia. He serves on the boards of Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB), the CEO Initiative for Alzheimer’s (CEOI) and the Global Coalition on Aging (GCOA).
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 of 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.
Manuel Navas, Bamboo Capital Partners
Manuel Navas is responsible for Bamboo Capital Partners operations across Latin America. Bamboo is a commercial private equity firm making investments that matter. It finds game-changing businesses and applies a mix of geographical and sector expertise to deliver financial and social returns. With experts in energy, healthcare and financial services, Bamboo has offices in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bogota, Nairobi and Singapore.
Prior to joining Bamboo, Manuel was Corporate Finance Director with Organización Corona, a Colombian group of companies with presence in several industries across the Americas, where he served in key corporate finance and business development roles for more than ten years.
Before Corona, Manuel worked for close to 10 years as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton based in Bogotá and London, leading teams in more than 15 countries in the Americas and Europe, serving clients mostly in Energy and Financial Services. Manuel has served in boards of several Latin American companies and is an active mentor for entrepreneurs with Endeavor.
Manuel holds a BSc in Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and an MBA with emphasis in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Dustin Rosen, Wonder Ventures
Dustin Rosen is a Managing Partner and Founder of Wonder Ventures and is an investor in technology companies. Since he began his career, he’s been on every side of the business, from running and selling his own technology start-up to investing in dozens of others, as well as using this expertise to advise numerous entrepreneurs.
In 2010, Dustin founded Pose, and as CEO, led the company through development, growth and three rounds of venture capital funding before guiding it through an acquisition. Prior to Pose, Dustin worked at the Mailroom Fund, an LA-based venture capital group comprised of the William Morris Agency, Accel Partners, Venrock, and AT&T. Before this, he worked at the William Morris Agency.
He received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Zoe Schlag, Mentor-in-Residence at TechStars
Zoe Schlag is the founder and executive director of UnLtd USA, backing the most promising entrepreneurs tackling pressing social and environmental challenges with seed funding and ongoing venture support. She is also a Mentor-in-Residence at Techstars, a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live.
Prior to UnLtd USA, Schlag worked with the portfolio management team at UnLtd India, and has worked with social ventures across the US, India, Argentina and Africa. Zoe is an Aspen Ideas Scholar, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Tufts University.
Shuaib Siddiqui, Surdna Foundation
Shuaib A. Siddiqui serves as the Director of Impact Investing at the Surdna Foundation where he manages Surdna’s impact investing portfolio, leading an effort to better align the foundation’s investment policies and practices with its mission. Prior to Surdna, Shuaib spent 9 years at Acumen where he most recently was the Director of Global Portfolio. He managed the organization’s global investment process, management of its global investment committee, and helped manage its $100m portfolio. He also directly managed a portfolio of companies and represented Acumen’s investment on several boards.
Prior to Acumen, Shuaib worked for two years in the Quantitative Alpha Generation Group at Citadel Investment Group, a hedge fund based in Chicago, where he focused on developing trading strategies utilizing fundamental company data. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch working on The Global Analytic and Thematic Research team. Shuaib holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from New York University.