Yuval Ariav is a founder and an investor who specializes in Fintech and AI with over 20 years of experience operating large, complex, cross-geo operations in both startup and corporate environments. He is the first investor in several breakout companies in the areas of financial technology, AI, and Deep Tech. Yuval is also the Founder of Fundbox, one of the fastest-growing Fintech startups to emerge in recent years, and was its founding CTO and the head of its operations office in Tel Aviv.
Professor Baron has been researching the sales process and how it relates to problem solving for the last 20 years. Much of what he has learned is included in his book, Selling Is a Team Sport. Team Selling and the ability for sales teams to work together to derive innovative ideas for their clients is his passion. He has published many articles and white papers that address this subject. He is also very interested in sales management principles and his next book, currently in the draft stage, focuses on the importance of coaching as a critical skill for sales managers.
Malek Ben Sliman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business at Columbia Business Schoolin the Marketing Department. Malek’s research interests lie in the application of machine learning, computer vision and NLP tools in the context of art valuation, social networks, marketing analytics and online retailing.
Michael is a Founder & General Partner at Bowery Capital based in New York. The firm invests in the next generation of b2b market leaders with a particular emphasis on digital transformation and legacy replacement cycles. Prior to Bowery Capital, Brown was a Co-Founder and General Partner at AOL Ventures. Before AOL Ventures, Brown worked for the investment arm of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. He began his career at Morgan Stanley as an equity research analyst.
Throughout her career Pauline Brown has helped to acquire, build and lead the world’s leading luxury brands. In addition to serving as an Executive-in-Resident and Marketing Professor at Columbia Business School, she sits on the board of Neiman Marcus Group and run an e-learning platform called Aesthetic Intelligence Labs.
With nearly 90 academic publications, over 50 students, half a dozen patents, and nearly 10 million online followers, Moran Cerf is one of the leaders in the research and applications of neuroscience in business.
Cerf holds a PhD in neuroscience (Caltech), an MA in Philosophy, and a BSc in Physics (Tel-Aviv University. He has taught leadership and marketing at NYU and the Kellogg School of Management, where he was a professor of neuroscience and business for nearly a decade.
Oliver Chen is a Managing Director and senior equity research analyst covering retail and luxury goods. Mr. Chen’s deep understanding of the consumer and his ability to forecast the latest trends and technological changes that will impact the retail space has set him apart from his peers. Oliver’s broad coverage and circumspect view make him the thought partner of retail and brand leaders. His coverage of the retail sector has led to numerous industry awards and press coverage from CNBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Financial Times, Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Mr.
Austin is an entrepreneur and innovator who has helped build market-leading franchises in the private aviation and health & wellness sectors. He has drawn upon broad based skills and experience in strategy, business development, finance and capital raising to create strong consumer demand for participants in the health & wellness, sports, entertainment and technology verticals.
Mark A. Cohen has been in the retail business since his graduation from Columbia University in 1971. (MBA '71, BS Electrical Engineering '69) He has over 20 years experience in president/chairman, chief executive officer level positions. Most recently he was Chairman/CEO of Sears Canada Inc, Chief Marketing Officer and President of Softlines of Sears Roebuck & Co., Chairman/CEO of Bradlees Inc., and Chairman/CEO of Lazarus Department Stores. He has also held positions with Abraham & Strauss, The Gap, Lord Taylor, Mervyn's and Goldsmith's Department Stores.
Strategy/Organization, Consulting, Leadership of Financial Institutions
Toos N. Daruvala is co-CEO of MIO Partners, the in house asset management arm of McKinsey & Company. He joined McKinsey in 1983; he was elected a Director (Senior Partner) in 1995; and he retired from the Firm in 2015. Toos has counseled CEOs and senior executives at a range of financial institutions and information/transaction services players on strategy and operational matters.
Sharad Devarajan is a media entrepreneur, producer and creator. His most recent company, Graphic India, is the culmination of his lifelong dream to launch superheroes and genre stories that tap into the unique creativity and culture of India but appeal to audiences worldwide.
Cecilia Dones is a 15+ year Marketing Analytics and Data Evangelist. Her interests lie in the intersection of technology, data, and how people and organizations make decisions. She has extensive experience in driving change in both large and small organizations. She is an expert in maximizing value from data by delivering quick analytical wins, operational excellence and long-term advantage with analytical innovation. She is passionate about shaping ideas at the convergence of data and people with the purpose of enabling others to create value and meaning with data.
As Vice President of Global Marketplace Insights at American Express, Christopher Frank leads the advertising, brand, and communications research and analytics group. Prior to joining American Express, he spent ten years at Microsoft as Senior Director in Corporate Marketing Research.
Kurt Fulepp is Managing Director, Product Management at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Previously, Fulepp was the President of Digital (as well as Chief Product Officer) at AccuWeather and had oversight of all digital offerings including full product and general management of AccuWeather’s global mobile apps, website, subscription products, connected technologies and media content.
Salvatore Galatioto is the President and Founder of GSP. He has extensive experience working with professional sports teams in a financial capacity. Prior to forming GSP in 2005, he was Managing Director and head of Lehman Brothers’ Sports Advisory & Finance Group, which was founded upon his joining that firm in 2001. The Sports Advisory & Finance Group was responsible for all corporate financing and advisory functions related to the sports industry. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr.
Farah is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. She teaches an a Product Management course with a focus on AI and Data products. Farah is also a founder at Dioptra, a legal tech startup backed by YCombinator.
Before that, she held different ML and PM roles at Spotify, Argo, and ZS Associates. She received her MS in Operations Research from Columbia Engineering School and another MS in Engineering from Centrale Nantes.
Jared has led some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Currently, he is chief strategy officer of Snap, the parent company of Snapchat. He serves on the board of directors of SoulCycle. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and a member of the University of Chicago Law School Advisory Council.
P. Sean Gupta is the SVP of Streaming Strategy for the ViacomCBS Streaming Organization that incudes Paramount+ and PlutoTV. Prior to Paramount+, Sean was the SVP of Strategy & Business Operations at ViacomCBS’s owned BET Networks and a Board of Director of BET+ (BET’s OTT streaming service). He led network-wide strategy, business development and expansion initiatives for the network and co-led the executive team that conceived of, planned and launched the BET+ premium streaming service, which launched in 2019.
Lecturer in Continuing Education, Lecturer in Business
Tom Hafen is currently Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Communications, at Goldman Sachs Marcus. Tom's past roles include leading marketing for the Gerber Infant Formula Business at Nestle, managing the Iams pet care brand at Procter and Gamble, and leading U.S. marketing for tablets and phones at Microsoft. He also helped lead the Winnie the Pooh brand at the Walt Disney Corporation. In addition to being a Lecturer in Business at Columbia Business School, Tom is a Lecturer in Management at Yale. His publications include research on digital marketing, social media, and U.S.
Jeremy Kagan is a growth and innovation consultant, and advisor to corporations, startups and digital media companies. He is the former Managing Director of the Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School, where he oversaw the entrepreneurial curriculum, student programs, the Lang venture capital fund, and the Columbia Startup Lab.
Beth Kinerk is Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Development at Avis Budget Group, Inc. She has overall responsibility for driving and retaining revenue across the entire Avis Budget Group organization, including: global markets, large commercial, on-line travel, travel partnerships and associations, mid-market, and small business. She also leads international segments including Asia/ Pacific, EMEA, and Latin America and oversees sales for all of the Avis Budget Group brands, Avis, Budget, Zipcar, and Payless that represent $8.8 Billion in revenue.
Jason Lambert is currently the SVP of Beyond Labs, an innovation group within BEES. Jason is a founding member of BEES, an eCommerce and SaaS company created by AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer. Over the last several years, BEES has grown to be one of the largest eCommerce companies in the world with over $30bn in gross merchandise value across nearly 20 countries in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, new product development, acquisition integration, alliance management, and consultative sales. He is a systems thinker and business builder focused on making the complex simple, understanding where technology and innovation are headed, and helping to answer what it means for any business. In his current work with Google, he is unlocking the next generation of business value through cloud computing and related technologies.
Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge is the Investment Manager of KFMG, a boutique investment vehicle focused on startups and niche brands in luxury and retail. KFMG aims to be a true partner to the brands by bringing strategic expertise honed through years of working with a wide and diversified range of luxury players.
Robert J. Morais is an anthropologist with a 35+ year career in advertising and market research, and a Lecturer at Columbia Business School. He has taught in the full time MBA, EMBA, and Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America, Africa, and America programs. Morais was a Principal/Co-owner of a market research firm for 11 years, preceded by 25 years with advertising agencies rising to Chief Strategic Officer.
Jarrod is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of United Entertainment Group.
A seventeen-year veteran of creating brand deals in the entertainment industry, many industry colleagues as well as educators, cite Jarrod's work as the cornerstone of the branded-entertainment industry-- bridging the gap between Madison Avenue and Hollywood.
Ellen J. Schapps has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate arena, beginning her career in advertising, in both Media and Account Management. She has extensive product management experience and was the first female Vice President of Marketing at the consumer household products division of American Home Products (now Pfizer), where she had profit responsibility for many well-known national brands such as Woolite, Pam Cooking Spray, Black Flag Insecticides, Wizard Air Freshener, Easy-off Oven Cleaner and Old English Furniture Polish. Ms.
Professor Seave is a Principal of Quantum Media, the New York City based consulting firm focused on marketing and strategic planning for media and entertainment companies as well as nonprofits. As a Quantum Media principal, she has led numerous consulting engagements since 1998 and has provided senior-level management consulting services to many companies in a broad range of assignments.
Gary I. Singer has been guest lecturing at Columbia Business School for over 20 years and was appointed Adjunct Professor of Business in 2023.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Singer sets and executes Kobre & Kim's business-building initiatives. He leads Strategy, Business Development, Marketing & Communications, and Knowledge Management & Learning to make the firm more effective, scalable, and profitable.
Marco Viola is a Managing Partner and founder of Nexus Partners. Nexus Partners is a US investor, general partner and manager of a portfolio of companies with over 5,000 employees and company value in excess of $500MM. Current portfolio companies include investments in retailing, health care services, education, telecommunications, water treatment, food service, media and industrial laundry. Prior to Nexus, Marco was Managing Director of Bank of America since 1995, heading the principal investment unit for Latin America (Banc of America Equity Partners - Latin America).