Posts in 2018 Speaker
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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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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