Our Advisory Board is made up of financial engineering experts, industry executives, and educational technology innovators.

Advisory Board

Daphne Kis
CEO, WorldQuant University

Known as an innovator in technology, venture and entrepreneurial circles, Daphne Kis has led, invested in, and nurtured more than 25 start-up enterprises and has worked on numerous technology-related initiatives. She is a is a firm believer in the meaningful role technology can play in addressing educational, health and cultural issues across industries. In addition to serving as the CEO of WorldQuant University, Kis is a co-founder of digital health startup, Litmus Health, serves on the international steering board of the government-funded German Accelerator, and is board advisor and mentor to several women entrepreneurs. She currently acts as an expert advisor to the Markle Foundation’s Rework America initiative, where she served as its original project director. She is a board director at and at Young Audiences Arts for Learning, a national affiliate network that supports more than five million school children in the U.S. Previously, Kis spent nearly two decades as co-owner, President and CEO of EDventure Holdings. She holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in History from Hampshire College.

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)
Chair, WQU Advisory Board Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Admiral James Stavridis is the 12th Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A retired 4-star officer in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat.
Admiral Stavridis earned a PhD in international relations and has published eight books and hundreds of articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. His focus is on leadership, innovation, strategic communication, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st century.

Linda Ban
Global C-suite Study Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

Ms. Ban is the global CIO study director for the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV). Within the IBV, she focuses on trend identification and strategy development to address critical business challenges faced by companies globally. In this role, she provides strategy, leadership and oversight for the overall C-Suite study program and leads the global team responsible for the development, deployment and support of the biennial CIO study and research related to IBM’s Application Innovation Services (AIS) team. As part of her work on forward-looking activities and technologies, Ms. Ban’s background includes more than 20 years in consulting, business and operations strategy, IT systems development and operations management. Most recently, she led IBM’s strategy and business development efforts for emerging and collaborative technologies related to 3D Internet and virtual environments.

Jeffrey Blomberg
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, WorldQuant

Mr. Blomberg is WorldQuant’s Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel with responsibility for its global Legal, Human Resources, Facilities and Data Procurement functions. Prior to joining WorldQuant, Mr. Blomberg was a partner in the law firm of Withers Bergman LLP from 2008-2014 where he served as WorldQuant’s outside general counsel. Prior to joining Withers, Mr. Blomberg had been a partner at Pullman & Comley, LLC since 2005. Mr. Blomberg began his career in 1996 working in New York at Battle Fowler LLP (now Paul Hastings) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He then moved his practice in 1999 to Connecticut to the firm of Finn Dixon & Herling LLP where he practiced for five years before joining Martin, Lucas & Chioffi LLP as a partner in 2004. Mr. Blomberg graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Colgate University in 1993 and received his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1996 where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Lenore Blum
Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Blum (PhD, MIT) is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, Founding Director of Project Olympus and co-Director of the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her research, founding a theory of computation and complexity over continuous domains, forms a theoretical basis for scientific computation. Dr. Blum is internationally recognized for her work in increasing the participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. She was a founder of the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Expanding Your Horizons Network. At Carnegie Mellon she founded the [email protected] program. In 2004 she received the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In 2009 she received the Carnegie Science Catalyst Award recognizing her work with Project Olympus targeting high-tech talent to promote economic growth in the Pittsburgh region and for increasing the participation of women in computer science.

Marc Carletti
Executive Vice-President,Global Banking and Financial Markets, BT Global Services

Mr. Carletti manages the major global accounts in BT’s financial services customer portfolio. He is also responsible for GB & FM’s overall business strategy and the partnerships with BT Advise, a business that delivers consulting, systems integration and managed services around the world. He joined BT in 2010 from Management & Advisory Services Ltd (mas LTD), where he was an Associated Partner. Prior to his tenure at mas LTD, he was CEO at SIX Telekurs Financial Information Ltd. Before that, he had held a series of senior management positions at Reuters. These included President of Reuters Financial Software, Managing Director of Reuters France and Managing Director for Switzerland & Austria. Mr. Carletti had joined Reuters after periods working in marketing and sales at Hewlett Packard in Geneva and in the IT department of Banque Paribas. He obtained a Baccalauréat Scientifique from the Lycée Stendhal in Milan in 1977 and graduated in Industrial Engineering and Management from Geneva University in Switzerland.

Peter Carr
Department Chair of Finance & Risk Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Dr. Carr (PhD, UCLA) is the Chair of the Finance and Risk Engineering Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He has headed various quant groups in the financial industry for the last twenty years, and also presently serves as a trustee for the National Museum of Mathematics. Prior to joining the financial industry, Dr. Carr was a finance professor for 8 years at Cornell University, after obtaining his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1989. He has over 85 publications in academic and industry-oriented journals and serves as an associate editor for 8 journals related to mathematical finance. He was selected as Quant of the Year by Risk Magazine in 2003 and Financial Engineer of the Year by IAQF/Sungard in 2010. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Carr was included in Institutional Investor’s Tech 50, an annual listing of the 50 most influential people in financial technology.

Bart Chilton
Senior Policy Advisor, DLA Piper

Mr. Chilton has 30 years of government experience. His career includes service in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Executive Branch, and at two independent agencies. In 2007, he was nominated to the CFTC by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In 2009, he was nominated again by President Obama and reconfirmed. Upon retirement from the federal government in March of 2014, Commissioner Chilton began researching and writing his second book and joined global law firm DLA Piper, with which he will continue his work in international financial markets. During his service at the CFTC, Commissioner Chilton was an advocate for financial reforms of unregulated dark markets and limits on excessive speculation, and sought greater accountability and oversight of high frequency traders. He is a frequently quoted opinion leader who appears regularly on financial and business television programs in the U.S. and abroad. He is a political, legislative and regulatory strategist, crisis manager, consultant, published author and thought leader.

Michael DeAddio
Chief Operating Officer, WorldQuant

Mr. DeAddio is WorldQuant’s Chief Operating Officer overseeing various business areas of WorldQuant’s global activities including Technology and Finance. Prior to joining WorldQuant in 2014, Mr. DeAddio was Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Investor Relations at Elm Ridge Capital. From 2009-2013 he was the Chief Operating Officer at Credit Suisse Alternative Asset Management, responsible for a global investment platform of $150B in assets across 12 locations. Prior to Credit Suisse he was Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Silver Point Capital from 2005-2009. From 2002-2005, Mr. DeAddio was a Managing Director in the Credit business at Citadel Investments Group. Mr. DeAddio spent the first eight years of his career with JP Morgan in the Fixed Income Derivatives area and then as the Chief Technology Officer of Cygnifi, a JP Morgan spinoff company that commercialized the bank’s derivatives risk management technology. Mr. DeAddio graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Bruno Dupire
Head of Quantitative Research, Bloomberg L.P.

Dr. Dupire (PhD), joined Bloomberg L.P. in 2004 to develop pricing, risk management and arbitrage models. Prior to this he has headed the Derivatives Research teams at Société Générale, Paribas Capital Markets and Nikko Financial Products where he was a Managing Director. He is best known for having pioneered the widely used Local Volatility model (simplest extension of the Black-Scholes-Merton model to fit all option prices) in 1993 and subsequent stochastic volatility extensions. He is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at NYU and he is in the Risk magazine “Hall of Fame” of the 50 most influential people in the history of Derivatives and Risk Management. He is the recipient of the 2006 “Cutting edge research” award of Wilmott magazine and was the recipient of the Risk Magazine “Lifetime Achievement” award for 2008. Dr. Dupire obtained a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence, a PhD in Numerical Analysis and introduced the use of Neural Networks for financial time series forecasting.

Esther Dyson
Founder, HICCup and Chairman, EDventure Holdings

Ms. Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on health care, human capital and aerospace. Overall, she is fascinated by new business models, new technologies and new markets (both economically and politically). From October 2008 to March of 2009, she lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut. Apart from this brief sabbatical, she is an active board member for a variety of startups. She has a BA in economics from Harvard and was founding chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000. In addition, she wrote the best-selling, widely translated book “Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age”, published by Broadway Books in 1997.

Paul Tudor Jones
Co-Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Tudor Investment Corporation

Mr. Jones is founder, Co-Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and controlling principal of Tudor Investment Corporation, which he formed in 1980. He is a portfolio manager focusing on discretionary macro trading and is a principal risk taker for Tudor’s flagship fund strategy. He is a member of ICE Futures U.S. and the New York Fed Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. Mr. Jones served as a member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association from May 2010 through December 2011, served as Chairman of the then New York Cotton Exchange from August 1992 through June 1995 and was instrumental in the creation of its Financial Instrument Exchange (FINEX).
His philanthropic service includes founding and serving as former Chairman and current board member of the Robin Hood Foundation co-founding and serving as Chairman of JUST Capital, and founding and serving as former board member of the Excellence Charter School. Mr. Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate for his achievements in business and philanthropy from the University of Glasgow in November 2014. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Ann Kirschner
Special Advisor to the Chancellor, City University of New York

Ms. Kirschner is Special Advisor to the Chancellor of The City University of New York (CUNY) and former Dean of Macaulay Honors College. An entrepreneur in media, education, and technology, Ms. Kirschner led five start-up teams and is founder and former CEO of NFL.COM, Fathom, and PrimeTime 24. She is the author of Sala’s Gift and Lady at the OK Corral, and serves on the board of Apollo Education, Strategic Cyber Ventures, Public Agenda, the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation, and the Princeton University Graduate School Leadership Council. Ms. Kirschner is a native New Yorker, mother of three grown children, and a graduate of University of Buffalo, University of Virginia, and Princeton University, where she was a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities.

Alex Lipton
Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab

Alexander Lipton is Connection Science fellow at MIT Media Lab, adjunct professor of mathematics at NYU Courant Institute, an advisory board member at the Oxford-Man Institute, and a Scientific Committee member at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.
In the end of May, he departed from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he served for ten years as a managing director. During this time, Alex worked in various senior managerial roles including quantitative solutions executive and co-head of the Global Quantitative Group. Earlier, he was a managing director and head of Capital Structure Quantitative Research at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago; he has also worked for Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust. While working full time as a banker, Alex held several prestigious academic appointments, including visiting professor of quantitative finance at Oxford-Man Institute, visiting professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, and visiting professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois. Before switching to finance, Alex was a full professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois and a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in pure mathematics from Moscow State University.
Alex is the author/editor of seven books. He has published more than a hundred papers on hydrodynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, astrophysics, chemical physics, and financial engineering. In 2000 Alex was awarded the first Quant of the Year Award by Risk Magazine.

Christopher Mason
Associate Professor Physiology, Biophysics and Computational Genomics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Mason completed his dual B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001), his Ph.D. in Genetics from Yale University (2006), and then completed his dual post-doctoral training at Yale Medical School in genetics and a fellowship at Yale Law School (2009). He is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program on Computational Biology and Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute.
He has won the NIH’s Transformative R01 Award, the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Young Investigator award, the Hirschl-Weill-Caulier Career Scientist Award, the Vallee Foundation Young Investigator Award, the CDC Honor Award for Standardization of Clinical Testing, and the WorldQuant Foundation Research Scholar Award. Dr. Mason was named as one of the “Brilliant Ten” Scientists by Popular Science in 2014, featured as a TEDMED speaker in 2015, and called “The Genius of Genetics” by 92Y. He has over 125 peer-reviewed papers that have been featured on the covers of Nature, Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Microbiology, Neuron, and Genome Biology and Evolution, as well as cited by the U.S. District Court and U.S. Supreme Court. His work has also appeared on the covers of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and across many media. Dr. Mason has co-founded three biotechnology start-up companies and serves as an advisor to many others. He lives with his daughter and wife in Brooklyn, NY.

Chris Meyer
Chief Operating Officer, Nerve, LLC

Mr. Meyer’s mission is to anticipate and shape the future of business. He has pursued this goal as an entrepreneur, executive, consultant, author, and the leader of a think tank. Based on the ideas in his 2002 book “Future Wealth”, Mr. Meyer developed a plan for a business based on a network of thought leaders. He joined The Monitor Group in 2006 to develop this idea as Monitor Networks, where he was Chief Executive from 2004 to 2009. In 2006, he co-founded Monitor Talent, to take these ideas forward operationally. Prior to joining Monitor Group, he was the Director of the Center for Business Innovation first as a Partner at Ernst & Young, then as a Vice President (1995 to 2002). There he founded and served on the Board of the Bios Group, a venture that invested in applications of complexity theory to business. Earlier, he was a Vice President and Group Head at Mercer Management Consulting. He founded NERVE in 2002 to host his independent speaking and consulting activities.
Mr. Meyer has published four books about the innovation and the evolution of the economy. He blogs on the Harvard Business Review site, and has contributed to publications including HBR, Sloan Management Review, Fast Company, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek. Mr. Meyer holds BAs in both Mathematics and Economics from Brandeis University and a M.B.A. (with Distinction) from The Harvard Business School. In addition he held a Predoctoral Fellowship in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mel Ochoa
Chief Operating Officer, Landmark Ventures

Mr. Ochoa is the Chief Operating Officer at Landmark Ventures. He joined the company in 2014 as the Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for overall marketing, communications and media relations including philanthropy and social responsibility. Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications at Achievement First, a high-performing network of 25 college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Prior to this, Mr. Ochoa was Vice President of Corporate Affairs and a Co-founder at BridgePath, an enterprise software provider to the staffing industry that was acquired by Bullhorn. Past experience also includes work with leading consumer brands at Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer and Schwartz Communications, a high-tech PR agency. Mr. Ochoa holds a Bachelor’s degree with majors in history and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Mr. Ochoa has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco,, Building Readiness in Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, and the California Alumni Association.

Todd Rose
Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Dr. Rose is the Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual, as well as Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He is also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, a non-profit organization that promotes the principles of individuality in work, school, and society. Dr. Rose is the author of The End of Average, and his talks have been featured at TedX, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Harvard Ed ‘8 for 8.’ He received his Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Dr. Rose resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

David Shrier
Managing Director, Connection Science & Engineering, MIT

Mr. Shrier is the Managing Director of MIT Connection Science, leads MIT Sloan’s Visionary Investing program, and runs Strategic Development for MIT’s Office of Digital Learning (ODL). He also advises the European Commission on commercializing innovation and building regional innovation capacity. His expertise includes financial technology (“fintech”), digital health, smart cities and the science of corporate innovation, all motivated by applications of computational social science and data/analytics.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shrier has partnered with senior executives to guide organizations through strategic growth and change, developing $8.5 billion of growth opportunities with companies including GE/NBC Universal, Dun & Bradstreet, Ernst & Young, AOL Verizon, Wolters Kluwer, Disney, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well as leading private equity and VC funds. He has also started and/or led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO.
Mr. Shrier has taught on corporate innovation, corporate venturing and entrepreneurship for over a decade at global universities including Columbia Business School, the NYU/Stern School of Business (where he was an adjunct associate professor), USC/Marshall, and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. At MIT, his courses and workshops include Future Commerce: Fintech Innovation, Future Health, Big Data & Social Analytics, Data-Driven Health, Visionary Investing and MIT Data Academy, as well as an entrepreneur pitch clinic called Inspiring Change Through Strategic Narrative. Mr. Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre.

Susan Wolford
Managing Director & Head of Business Services, BMO Capital Markets

Ms. Wolford is Managing Director and Group Head of the BMO Capital Markets Business Services & Media group. Susan has been an investment banker for over 25 years, leading a wide variety of financing and M&A transactions across many industry groups. For the past 15 years, she has focused on the educational services industry, working with Pre-K through 12, post-secondary and lifelong learning companies. Prior to joining BMO in 2001, Ms. Wolford was co-head of the Educational Services Group at First Union. Previously, she spent 11 years in the Investment Banking Department of Kidder, Peabody as a partner and senior VP in the Media & Entertainment Group. She has served on a number of non-profit and publicly listed Board of Directors and currently is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of Villanova School of Business and the Board of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ms. Wolford is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.