Mr. Oliver Roth

Oliver is a theater producer based in New York. His producing credits include Brodway’s Escape to Margaritaville and off-Broadway’s Straight, Invisible Thread and Derren Brown: Secret. He has previously worked on Broadway’s The Realistic Joneses and Macbeth. In addition to producing independently, Oliver works with several non-profits in helping them develop new works and support emerging theater artists. Outside of New York, Roth has worked for Center Stage (MD), and the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival (PA). He is the host and co-producer of “The OHenry Report” a biweekly podcast on which pulls back the curtain on the biggest stories, issues and trends in the theater industry.  He also writes “The Broadway Beat,” a monthly column in The Connector Magazine. In 2011, Roth was awarded the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Excellence Award. He founded OHenry Productions in 2014, shortly after working on his first Broadway show, Macbeth (Alan Cumming).

Oliver graduated in three years as Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Psychology and Entrepreneurship & Management. While at Johns Hopkins, Roth served as President of Witness Theater, an all-student theater company. Oliver spent four years working in the Vision & Cognition Lab at Johns Hopkins.  His psychological research covers human vision, persuasion, and working memory.  His 2012 paper, “The Relationship of Apparent Motion and Object Files,” was published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Cognition.

Roth was the 2011 recipient of the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Excellence Award. As a marketing and digital media intern at RJW Collective, Oliver Roth worked with clients such as Vita Coco, TV Guide, Alex & Ani, EMM Group and Tyler Florence.  Since his years as an intern, he has worked with a range of clients including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Making Neuroscience Fun, and GILD Property Group, where he is also a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.

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Ms. Barabara (Bobbi) Kurshan

Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Kurshan is a leader, researcher and expert in the fields of education technology, entrepreneurship and investment in education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and a Senior Fellow in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she runs the Milken-GSE Business Plan Competition, chairs EDSi (Education Design Studio) and oversees the Masters in Education Entrepreneurship program. Previously, as the President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, she provided strategic consulting in the areas of education, technology and innovation; and as the Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century she created a global network of tertiary institutions in the EU.  As the past Executive Director of Curriki she helped to build robust global open source education community and conducted primary research on the use of OER. Dr. Kurshan served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning, an education investment fund, and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. Numerous publishing credits and research articles include topics that explore women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, OER, and innovation in education.

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Mr. Matt Greenfield

Matt Greenfield is Managing Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology. He currently serves on the boards of BrightBytes and Allovue. His non-profit affiliations include the board of  He previously helped start three technology businesses, Rethink Autism, DB Software (acquired by Cadre Software and now part of CA), and Synernetics (acquired by 3Com), and worked as a college professor and an associate at ABS Ventures.

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.

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Mr. Bill Hughes

Bill Hughes is a Partner with Milamber Ventures, a venture advisory firm focused on human capital innovations ranging from educational technology to employability.

Recently, Bill was Chief Strategy Officer at Learning Objects, a growth-stage ed tech start-up acquired by Cengage Learning in 2015.

At Pearson, Bill was Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development where he advised its executive team on growth strategies in post-secondary markets, including M&A, partnerships and strategic investments. He re-architected Pearson’s MyLabs platform and was instrumental in making them adaptive.  He launched born-digital businesses, including Intellus Learning and Pearson Writer, and he led the company’s contributions to open source initiatives.

As a 30-year veteran of the technology industry, he played leading roles at Cambridge Innovation Center, Sapient and Cambridge Technology Partners.

Bill earned his AB from Harvard and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School, where he was a Seley Scholar.


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Mr. Adam Newman

Adam is a founding partner of Tyton Partners, a strategy consulting and investment banking platform serving the global knowledge sector.  Adam guides companies, non-profits, investors, and foundations through critical inflection points to enable them to achieve their objectives. He has extensive experience working across all segments of the PreK-12, postsecondary, and enterprise and professional education markets.

Prior to founding Tyton Partners, Adam was a director at Berkery Noyes, a mergers and acquisitions firm serving the information industry. Adam originated the firm’s strategic advisory practice for education companies and investors. Previously, Adam served as managing vice president at Eduventures, a market research and consulting firm supporting the education industry.

Prior to Eduventures, Adam served as a senior manager at the Corporate Executive Board in the company’s corporate strategy board practice, working closely with senior strategy executives at Global 2000 companies.

Adam began his professional career as a K–12 educator and athletic coach at schools in Boston, MA, and New Orleans, LA. He holds an AB in English from Duke University.

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Mr. John Riggi

John Riggi leads BDO’s Cybersecurity and Financial Crimes Unit, having spent nearly 30 years as a highly decorated veteran of the FBI, and a former representative to the White House Cyber Response Group and Financial Services Steering Committee.

During his time at the FBI, John developed mission critical partnerships in the healthcare sector and all critical infrastructure industries for the investigation and exchange of information related to national security and criminal cyber matters, as well as national initiatives to warn of specific cyber threats. Between 2014 and 2016, he played a strategic role in the investigation of every major cyber incident in the U.S. John also has extensive experience investigating complex healthcare fraud and related financial crime schemes.

John presently works with the American Hospital Association to lead strategic cybersecurity risk management training for the organization’s more than 5,000 hospital CEO members. In partnership with the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), John, who was named a member of the governing board, played a key role in the development and implementation of the new HITRUST Threat Catalogue, a first-of-itskind tool aligned with the HITRUST CFS Controls, designed to improve a healthcare organization’s ability to prioritize security program activities based on a greater understanding of the risks they face.

In addition, John is an official private sector validator for the White House’s Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination, a policy intended to improve collaboration between the public and private sectors to combat significant cyber threats potentially impacting public health and safety, national security or economic security.

Previously in his career, John served in the FBI’s Washington Office Intelligence Division, the New York Office High Intensity Financial Crimes Area Task Force, and was National Operations Manager for its Terrorist Financing Section. He also served at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. John is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for leading a highly successful classified terrorism financing interdiction program, and also received the CIA George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA’s highest award in this category. He is frequently quoted in the media as a leading authority on cybersecurity and counterterrorism topics and has presented extensively on both subjects.

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Mr. Jonathan Granoff

Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor and Special Representative to the United Nations for the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, and Ambassador for Peace and Security of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Focuses advocacy efforts on the legal, moral, political and spiritual dimensions of peace with a particular emphasis on the rule of law and elimination of nuclear weapons.   On numerous advisory and governing boards such as the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security at the UN, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Middle Powers Initiative, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Fellow in the World Academy of Arts and Science and recipient of numerous awards such as the Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award of Rutgers University School of Law.  Award-winning screenwriter of The Constitution: The Document that Created a Nation, and has articles in more than 50 publications and books including: The Sovereignty Revolution, Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Imagining Tomorrow, Analyzing Moral Issues, Perspectives on 911, Toward a World In Balance, Reverence for Life Revisited, and Hold Hope, Wage Peace. Featured guest and expert commentator on hundreds of radio and television programs, and testified as an expert in the US Congress, Parliaments of the UK and Canada, and at the UN numerous timesNominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

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Mr. Matthew Weatherley-White

Matthew Weatherly-White is the co-founder and Managing Director of the CAPROCK Group. Shaping The CAPROCK Group’s initiative in Impact Investing, Matthew is a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the discipline. In addition to keynoting the 2013 European Commission’s Annual Award for Social Innovation, Matthew has guest-lectured on sustainable business management and non-financial value creation at Harvard, Tuck, Kellogg, Booth and the American University in Paris business schools, has presented at conferences throughout the US and Europe, serves as a strategic adviser to several Impact Investing funds, and has been quoted in Barron’s, International Business Daily, Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes and The New York Times. More recently, he successfully shepherded two pieces of legislation through the Idaho Statehouse, the first authorizing Pay For Success Contracting and the second awarding legal status to businesses structured as Benefit Corporations.

Prior to co-founding The CAPROCK Group, Matthew was a partner in The Owyhee Group, a boutique advisory team within Smith Barney. During his fourteen years with the company, he was a member of Citigroup’s elite Leadership Development Program and helped craft the firm’s Private Wealth Management platform. Matthew graduated from Dartmouth College, has competed internationally in five different sports and continues to serve as a Director for the Lee Pesky Learning Center, an organization he helped launch 20 years ago. When not working, Matthew can usually be found outside; running, skiing, mountaineering, cycling… and generally encouraging his daughter to enjoy wilderness with the same irrational exuberance as her father.

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Mr. Adam Wolfensohn

Adam Wolfensohn is Co-Managing Partner of Encourage Capital, an asset management firm focused on profitable and strategic investments to solve critical social and environmental problems. The organization was formed by the recent merger of Wolfensohn Fund Management and EKO Asset Management. Prior to 2015, Adam was a Partner at Wolfensohn Fund Management and a member of the Investment Committee. Since 2002, he has also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies where he is an active investor in sustainability oriented funds and companies and for which he serves on the board of EKO asset management. From 2003 to 2006, he produced the climate change documentary, “Everything’s Cool,” that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Adam is a frequent speaker on sustainability and impact investment.

Adam is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv, the Harmony Institute, Bang on a Can and the Wolfensohn Family Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves on the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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