JAMES J. VALENTINI
Dean of Columbia College
James J. Valentini was appointed Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education in September 2011. Affectionately called “Deantini” by Columbia undergraduates, Dean Valentini has been a member of Columbia’s faculty since 1990 and previously served as chair of the Chemistry Department and director of the Chemistry Department’s Undergraduate Studies Program.
Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University
Richard Witten '75CC serves as the Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University, a position he assumed after retiring as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University. He is the Founder of Columbia Entrepreneurshipand a member of the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors, where he chairs the Cancer Advisory Council.
Chief Digital Officer of NYC
Sree Sreenivasan has been Chief Digital Officer of NYC since Oct 2016. Sree runs the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategy and works with City agencies and colleagues throughout the five boroughs. Before coming to City Hall, Sree spent three years as Chief Digital Officer of The Met and also worked for 21 years at Columbia Journalism School.
Managing Director of Techstars in New York City
ZACH AARONS '13BUS
Alex Iskold is the Managing Director of Techstars in New York City. Previously Alex was Founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by i.tv), founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM), and Chief Architect DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO). An engineer by training, Alex has deep passion and appreciation for startups, digital products and elegant code.
Co-Founder and Partner at Metaprop, Project Manager at Mellennium Partners
Zach Aarons '13BUS, as a Project Manager of Millennium Partners, works in real estate and technology and looks to connect people within those two industries. He has vast experience with investment banking, angel investing, real estate development, and consulting.
Founder and CEO of Maven
JOHN H. CUNNINGHAM
Katherine Ryder is the founder and CEO of Maven, the first digital clinic for women. Maven is a telehealth platform offering instant access to its best-in- class network of women’s and family health providers, with a flagship 15-month maternity program for employers to help new parents throughout their transition back to work.
Senior Vice President–Regional Market Director of the New York City cluster at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc
John Cunningham is the Senior Vice President – Regional Market Director of the New York City cluster at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Mr. Cunningham has more than 27 years of experience in real estate operations, leasing and development, and has completed over 4.5 million square feet of development projects, including numerous complex life science and specialized high-tech projects, large build-to-suits, and strategic properties.
VP of Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer for Columbia University
and Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures
Orin Herskowitz is VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University and Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures, is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia’s Business and Engineering Schools.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation
Euan Robertson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he leads the Strategic Planning Team, the Center for Economic Transformation, and the Asset Management and Capital Divisions.
Founder of Inclued
Soo-Jin Kim ’10BUS founded Inclued in September 2012 as an open table for corporate events, sourcing venues (private rooms) and menus (caterers) for corporations free of charge. The Inclued team has catered all of events and sourced all of venues for the Columbia Startup Lab since its opening.
Chief Partnership and Communications Officer at Deerfield
Karen Heidelberger is the Chief Partnership and Communications Officer at Deerfield, where she is responsible for relationships with investors, partner companies, and other interested parties. Prior to this role, Karen was a Trader at Deerfield for over a decade.
Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University, where she directs the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. The focus of her research is on engineering human tissues for regenerative medicine, basic research and modeling of disease.
Executive Director of NYC Media Lab
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects companies seeking to advance digital media technologies with New York City's economic and intellectual resources. NYU Media Lab is a public-private partnership encompassing the universities of NYC and many of the biggest corporate players in media today.
Engineering Professor at Columbia University
Adam Sobel is a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He leads the Columbia University Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate.
Editor and Reporter of the Huffington Post
MERIT E. JANOW
Kate Sheppard is an enterprise editor and senior reporter at the Huffington Post. She previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her reporting covers a wide range of environmental topics.
Dean of SIPA
Merit E. Janow, in addition to being Dean of SIPA, she is also Co-Director of the APEC Study Center and Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Global Center East Asia. Her research interests focus on international trade and investment, Asia, competition law and economic globalization.
Arthur D. Storke Professor and Department Chair of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University
Peter Kelemen is Arthur D. Storke Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He studies the chemical and physical processes of reaction between fluids and rocks.
Columbia Journalism School
MARY C. BOYCE
Mark Hansen joined Columbia Journalism School in July of 2012. He is the Director of the Brown Institute, a partnership between Columbia Journalism and Stanford Engineering. Hansen works with data in an essentially journalistic practice, crafting stories through algorithm, computation and visualization.
Dean of Engineering
Mary C. Boyce is Dean of Engineering at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University in the City of New York and also the Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor of Engineering. Dean Boyce has been widely recognized for her scholarly contributions, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.