ANNE WILLIAMS-ISOM^^CEO for the Harlem Children’s Zone®

Anne Williams-Isom is the Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone®, before which she served for five years as HCZ’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, she oversaw all programs in HCZ’s cradle-through-college pipeline, including Promise Academy I and II, led HCZ’s more than 2,000 staff, and strengthened the organization’s use of data to improve services and outcomes for our 25,000 children and families. She also took the reins in restructuring HCZ’s College Success Office and developing innovative strategies to support our college students individually and at scale. She took over the position of CEO in July 2014.

Prior to joining HCZ, Ms. Williams-Isom worked in leadership at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for 13 years, concluding her tenure as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Community and Government Affairs. While at ACS, she instituted and oversaw the implementation of a number of innovative initiatives, including the first ever ACS Leadership Academy for Child Protection, a program designed to help the 160 ACS Child Protective Managers lead the 3,800 frontline staff responsible for investigating the 55,000 reports of child abuse and neglect each year. In addition, during the creation of

the original HCZ Project in the 1990s, Ms. Williams-Isom provided HCZ’s former CEO and now President, Geoffrey Canada, with strategic counsel on integrating preventive services into HCZ’s neighborhood-based network of programs.

Ms. Williams-Isom found her calling to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families when she was still a child herself. Growing up with a single mother in Queens, she witnessed firsthand the many challenges confronting kids in struggling communities. But it was always clear that, with the right support and opportunities—above all, education and a lot of love—all kids have the potential to do extraordinary things.

Ms. Williams-Isom earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Fordham University. Soon after, she began working in Community Affairs for the New York Police Department in Brooklyn. While working in Brooklyn at the height of community policing in the 1980s fueled her commitment to social justice, it was during her time as a student at Columbia Law School that she fully discovered her passion for advocacy work and came to appreciate the critical role played by communities in finding lasting solutions to social problems. After receiving her J.D., she practiced law for five years at two of New York’s most prestigious firms before joining ACS.

Ms. Williams-Isom served on the Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, inspired by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. In January 2016, she was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to his Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and selected to be a member of the spring 2016 cohort of the Aspen-Pahara Education Fellows Program. She is also on the board of directors of Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization, and the board of trustees of the Central Park Conservancy. She is the recipient of a Public Interest Achievement Award from the Public Interest Law Foundation at Columbia Law School (2015) and an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Families Fellowship (2007- 2008). In May 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.

Routinely sought after for her expert guidance on child welfare and community development, Ms. Williams-Isom has been featured in The New York Times, Barron’s, Crain’s New York, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Essence, as well as on WABC’s Here and Now and CUNY-TV’s Black America. A native New Yorker, she is a long-time resident of Harlem, where she lives with her husband, Phil, and has raised her three children.

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BILL O'FARRELL^^Global Vice President, HubSpot for Startups

William J. (“Bill”) O'Farrell is a 30-year veteran of the start-up world. He most recently co-founded and was CEO of Body Labs, Inc., a computer vision and AI company focused on 3D human body modeling. Body Labs was acquired by Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) in 2017. Formerly, he was co-founder and CEO of such companies as SpeechWorks (NASDAQ:SPWX), acquired by Nuance (NASDAQ:NUAN),, acquired by Netsuite (NASDAQ:N), and the Company of Science & Art, which created the After Effects product line, acquired by Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE). Bill is also an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School where he teaches “Launch Your Start-up.” Bill received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. Other educational endeavors include a year of graduate work at the University of Nice, France under a Rotary Foundation Scholarship and the New England Clean Energy Council Fellowship.

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GHADA ALMASHAQBEH^^Ph.D. candidate in the Cryptography Lab at Columbia University

Ghada Almashaqbeh is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cryptography Lab at the Computer Science department at Columbia University. Her research interests include theory and applied cryptography, security, and distributed systems. Ghada works on interdisciplinary projects that combine knowledge from various fields toward the design of secure systems and protocols.

Her current projects are related to cryptocurrencies, secure multiparty computation, and basing cryptography on biological assumptions. This includes CacheCash: A cryptocurrency system that provides a distributed content delivery service. This covers a threat modeling framework for cryptocurrencies, a lightweight distributed probabilistic micropayment scheme, and CacheCash, the main system.

Her publications include: “Implementing Support for Pointers to Private Data in a General-Purpose Secure Multi-Party Compiler.” ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security (TOPS), 2018.

“Secure distributed genome analysis for GWAS and sequence comparison computation.” BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 2015.

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JAKE BRUKHMAN^^Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund

Jake is Managing Director & CEO at CoinFund, a blockchain research company and one of the first private investment vehicle focused on the blockchain space. He has a decade of experience spanning pure and financial technology, quantitative research, technology market research, and blockchain.

Previously, Jake was Partner & CTO at Triton Research, a technical product manager and engineer at, and spent five years as a financial technologist at Highbridge Capital Management and as a quantitative researcher at Kohera. He studied pure mathematics and computer science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and the honors program at Rutgers University.

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Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet joined Capgemini, the world leader in consulting, IT services and digital transformation, in February 2018.

Based in New York, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet leads the Project & Consulting activity of the Group's Cloud Infrastructure and Cybersecurity division in North America.

As a recognized specialist of the digital economy, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has taken these functions and returned to her engineering training, after having taught several months at the Ecole Polytechnique.

Beforehand, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet held high political positions.  She was, in particular, Secretary of State for the Prospective and Development of the Digital Economy (2009-2010) and as such, led the digital component of the large loan (investments for the future), and Minister of Finance for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transportation and Housing (2010-2012).

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was also Mayor of Longjumeau (2008-2013) and President of the Opposition at the Paris Council. She holds an MBA from the College of Engineers.

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KIM WALSH^^Global Vice President, HubSpot for Startups

Kim serves as Global VP, HubSpot for Startups, a business designed to help startups grow and scale. She was formally the Head of Enterprise Sales, West Coast for HubSpot in Cambridge, MA. Kim joined HubSpot in 2010. Since then, the company has grown from 800 to more than 30,000 customers and from 50 to more than 2,500 employees. As head of sales, Kim launched the GTM strategy, built the operating model and expanded the team, globally. Prior to joining HubSpot, Kim led global sales for a technology-based startup footwear company, SpringBoost. Kim has an MBA from Babson College and was a finalist in the MIT 100K business challenge. She grew up in Alberta, Canada and ventured to the United States on a soccer scholarship after playing for her country.

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SHIVANI SIROYA^’07MPH^Founder & CEO of Tala

Shivani Siroya is the founder and CEO of Tala. Tala’s mission is to expand access to financial products to the emerging middle class globally. Millions of people have received access to credit and other services through Tala’s smartphone app. Tala is currently operating across East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Tala is backed by leading venture investors including PayPal, Revolution, IVP, Ribbit Capital, and Lowercase Capital. In 2018, Forbes named Tala as one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world, and Tala's work has been highlighted by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, TED, and TechCrunch, among others. Tala is headquartered in Santa Monica with additional offices in Nairobi, Manila, Dar Es Salaam, Mexico City, Mumbai, and Bangalore.

Prior to founding Tala, Shivani held a variety of positions in global health, microfinance, and investment banking, including with the United Nations Population Fund, Health Net, Citigroup and UBS. Shivani is an Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow, a WEF Young Global Leader, Senior TED Fellow and Ashoka Fellow. She is also on the board of She holds a M.P.H from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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KATHERINE KATCHER^'07CC^Founder & Executive Director of Root & Rebound

Katherine is the Founder and Executive Director of Root & Rebound.  She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Root & Rebound's mission is to transfer power and information from the policy and legal communities to the people most impacted by our criminal justice system through public education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy, so that the law serves, rather than harms, low income communities and communities of color in the United States. 

Katherine founded Root & Rebound in the Bay Area in 2013, which has grown to an organization with three California offices and national programs--with the vision of increasing access to justice and opportunity to people and communities most impacted by mass incarceration, so that the law serves, rather than harms them. 

Katherine has 10+ years of work in the nonprofit sector, with a broad range of roles and experiences, including teaching adult education ESOL and GED classes, advocating for clients fleeing from violence, and working on behalf of prisoners and clients who are incarcerated. In her time at Berkeley Law, Katherine worked at the Texas Defender Service, the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic, the Prison Law Office, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children in San Francisco, and UnCommon Law. Katherine also co-founded the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project, a Student-Initiated Legal Services Project, in partnership with Uncommon Law, whereby law students represent life-term prisoners in parole hearings. 

Katherine received her B.A. in 2007 in Anthropology from Columbia College at Columbia University, where she focused her research and studies on asylum communities and had a concentration in English Literation,  Katherine is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California. When not working to further the mission and vision of Root & Rebound, Katherine loves spending time with her husband (also a CC '07 alumnus) and two young children, preferably in the mountains or by the ocean. 

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TEJPAUL BHATIA^’00 SEAS^Startup Program Lead NY at Google Cloud

Tejpaul Bhatia is the Startup Program Lead in NY for Google Cloud. He was most recently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Citi Ventures. He is a three time investor backed startup founder, with one exit, one failure, and one startup still in operation. Prior to his ten years as a startup founder, Tej was Senior Manager of Product and International Strategy for ESPN, where he launched ESPN3 in the US, Mexico, Brasil, and Europe. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Computer Science.

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Google Cloud for Startups ( is proud to support the Columbia Venture Competition and Startup Festival.  Build your startup with the infrastructure and tools used by Google. The Google Cloud for Startups program is designed to grow with you. Your early-stage startup can take advantage of community events, training, and Cloud credits as you build and scale your business.

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ALICE BOSLEY^’17 SIPA^Co-Founder & Executive Director of Five One Labs

Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps refugees and conflict-affected entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses in the Middle East. Launching first in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, we aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

Five One Labs entrepreneurs are provided with training; mentorship by world class entrepreneurs from the USA and the Middle East; and a community of creative changemakers to share their experiences with.

Our vision is to develop an inclusive network of innovators and entrepreneurs that have the support, skills, and connections to positively change their communities and countries.

Alice is passionate about business approaches to humanitarian challenges. She was an Innovation Specialist with the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Unit, using design thinking to solve humanitarian challenges worldwide. She has also worked at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and consulted with Mercy Corp’s Social Ventures team. For the past two years, she served as the Design Lead at the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio.

Alice has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on humanitarian action, economic development, and entrepreneurship. She obtained her BA in international relations from Stanford University.

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DR. COURTNEY D. COGBURN^^Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center

Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn is an assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and faculty of the Columbia Population Research Center. She employs a transdisciplinary research strategy to improve the characterization and measurement of racism and in examining the role of racism in the production of racial inequities in health. Dr. Cogburn’s work also explores the potential of media and technology in eradicating racism and eliminating racial inequities in health. She is the lead creator of 1000 Cut Journey, an immersive virtual reality experience of racism that premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Dr. Cogburn completed postdoctoral training at Harvard University in the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar Program and at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology, and MSW from the University of Michigan and her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia.

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JOE HERITAGE^‘17SIPA^Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design

Joseph Heritage ‘17SIPA is the Design Lead at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design.  He is an agricultural development specialist and human centered designer with over nine years of project design and project management experience. He has worked on agrarian-based social enterprises, agribusiness value-chain development, IDP post-conflict resettlement, entrepreneurship accelerator training, human centered design, sustainable finance, and market access with a regional focus in East Africa and Southeast Asia. He co-founded and managed Freedom Global, a Kenyan social enterprise that employs and educates Internally Displaced Persons working in staple, livestock, and commodity crop value chains, through out-grower schemes with lead firms such as KenChic, providing access to finance through partnerships with Kiva and M-Pesa. He managed a 30-acre farm with over 25+ employees and worked with Amiran, an Israeli ag. tech company to install 10 greenhouses and 5 acres of drip irrigation on his farm. He grew lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pumpkins, peppers, reared pigs and chickens, and sold them to high-value end markets in Nairobi.

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BEN SHAWAVP^^of Open Innovation and CRM Lead

Ben manages the Rise FinTech Platform for the Barclays Group Innovation Office. In the last few months he has been responsible for delivering the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars – a 13-week intensive program for early stage growth driven companies, aimed at bringing new technologies into the bank. Currently he is recruiting for the next New York cohort of the Barclays Accelerator whilst growing out the physical presence of the Rise Studio space in the Flatiron district and directly innovating on the technology that powers Barclays Innovation Initiatives.

With a degree in Computing Science and Business Management from the University of Glasgow, Ben joined Barclays in 2014 after working for a semantic technology business in Darmstadt, Germany. As a developer at Barclays Ben built out a frontend framework for design components. He then joined innovation through which he’s been involved in over 25 projects having worked for the global bank in Glasgow, London, Northampton, Frankfurt and New York.

There’s various ways you can get involved with Rise, created by Barclays; as an serial entrepreneur, an angel investor, a founder or mid-sized to larger corporate. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ben directly.

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