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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.

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RICHARD WITTEN

'75CC

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. 

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SREE SREENIVASAN

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. 

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KATHERINE RYDER

Founder and CEO of Maven

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.

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JOHN H. CUNNINGHAM

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.

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SOO-JIN KIM

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.

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GORDANA VUNJAK-NOVAKOVIC

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.

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MARK HANSEN

Columbia Journalism School

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. 

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MARY C. BOYCE

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.

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