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Managing Partner at Castle Hill Investors
Michael Clark is a Managing Partner of Castle Hill Investors, a real estate focused private equity firm, that invests in collaboration with skilled real estate operators -- providing capital, financial guidance, risk management, and strategic growth expertise. Previously he was a Partner with Meridian Development Partners ("MDP") a real estate development and private equity firm focused on redevelopment of challenging assets. Prior to joining MDP, he was a Partner in The Jamieson Group ("TJG"), an advisory firm focused on redevelopment, economic development and public-private partnerships. Prior to TJG he worked for the San Diego Padres as a manager of retail operations. Mr. Clark is Vice Chairman of Changing World Technologies, a leading renewable diesel company focusing exclusively on converting waste to fuel. Additionally he is on the management committee of GH Capital, one of the largest affordable housing companies in the U.S. Mr. Clark has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Real Estate since 2006, where he currently teaches three courses. He holds a Masters Degree of Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego with a dual degree in Economics and Accounting with an emphasis in Real Estate.
David Seidenfeld, Co-founder Impact Network and Principal Researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR)
David is a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and has over ten years of experience working in the field with government agencies, NGOs, and community organizations as a researcher, organizer and program coordinator. He has extensive experience designing and implementing evaluations of economic, health and education programs. He is currently the co-principal investigator (PI) on a five-year, multi-site randomized control trial of Zambia’s cash transfer programs, a co-PI on an evaluation of Zambia's First 1,000 Days nutrition program, and a co-PI on a two-year impact evaluation of Zimbabwe’s cash transfer program. In addition to designing these studies, David trains and manages several teams of researchers, collaborates with the government, analyzes data and authors reports and papers for publication. Previously he spent 2 years in Zambia with the Peace Corps and also completed a Ph.D. in the Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
President & Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors
Anup Patel is a President & Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC, a real estate investment advisory firm specializing in assisting international investors with their U.S. real estate strategies including acquisition and joint venture advisory, financing advisory and asset management and disposition services. He has been involved in more than $4 billion of real estate acquisitions, dispositions and financings across the industrial, office, multifamily, residential, student housing, retail, hospitality and senior housing sectors. Prior to Arch Street Capital, Mr. Patel worked at GE Capital in the North America real estate debt group and private equity group. He has been a frequent speaker on issues relating to real estate investment and finance, including the application of Islamic Finance techniques to commercial real estate. Mr. Patel most recently addressed audiences at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia University’s Real Estate Development program. Mr. Patel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management.
Vice President of Global Digital at Elizabeth Arden
Swan Sit is the Vice President of Global Digital for Elizabeth Arden. She is responsible for digital marketing, social media, etailer sales and digital innovation across the Elizabeth Arden brand portfolio and the company's designer, celebrity and heritage fragrances. She is developing the company's first digital platform across its global markets and was voted one of Luxury Daily's Women to Watch in 2014. As the former Executive Director of Online Strategy and Planning for the Estee Lauder Companies, Swan helped grow their global marketing, ecommerce and mobile sites from 125 to 450, with double digit sales growth across 30 brands and 50 countries. Swan was also a Case Team Leader at Bain & Company with a focus on growth strategy, operational efficiency and private equity due diligence. As a Product Manager at Newell Rubbermaid, she developed products for Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes - launching a factory in China during SARS - and ran the grassroots Trend Marketing Team. Out of college, she capitalized on the Internet boom at Trilogy Software, creating marketing campaigns that still live in dot-com infamy. Swan graduated with an MBA from Columbia and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Travel is one of her passions (over 60 countries) with favorites ranging from Mt. Everest, Antarctica and Kenya to Mongolia, Bhutan and Myanmar. She sits on the boards of Women in Retail and BWG Strategy, as well as the Impact Network and Foundation Rwanda philanthropies. She can often be found smashing a volleyball or chasing restaurant openings around NYC.
Senior Analyst at Eminence Capital
Karan Ahooja is a senior analyst at Eminence Capital, an investment firm that he has worked at since 2005. Prior to joining Eminence, he held positions at Citigroup and Dubin & Swieca Capital Management. Karan graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2002. He is on the junior board of the Teak Fellowship in New York City where he also volunteers as a mentor.
Manager, One Beacon Court
Sean has over twenty years experience in New York real estate management. Having previously worked for Brown Harris Stevens, a real estate company focused on the luxury market in Manhattan, he was hired by Vornado Realty Trust, a New York based real estate investment trust, to open and develop what is commonly referred to as the Bloomberg Building. Sean has many years of working with various causes and charities, most recently working with other in real estate management in raising money for the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan.
Founder and President of Netconcepts
Stephan Spencer is an internationally recognized SEO expert, consultant, and bestselling author. He is the co-author of The Art of SEO (now in its third edition), author of Google Power Search, and co-author of Social eCommerce. Stephan founded Netconcepts in 1995 and grew it into a multi-national SEO agency before selling it in 2010 to Covario. Stephan invented a pay-for-performance SEO platform called GravityStream that was also acquired and is now part of Rio SEO. Stephan’s clients post-acquisition have included Zappos, Sony Store, Quiksilver, Best Buy Canada, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Chanel. Stephan is the creator of Traffic Control, a three-day seminar on SEO, co-creator of the professional development seminar Passions into Profits, and the host of two popular podcast shows, The Optimized Geek and Marketing Speak.
Co-Founder & President of Impact Network
Dan has a passion for delivering technology solutions to the developing world and digging in to figure out how to make them work and make them sustainable. Prior to founding Impact Network, he helped to found several internet companies including ShareFile and Yext, both of which made the Inc 500 list as some of the fastest growing companies in the US. He graduated summa cum laude from both Duke University and NYU, where he received a Masters in International Development, writing a thesis on e-learning in rural Africa. He combines his practical entrepreneurial background with deep knowledge of development issues to forge solutions for education and poverty in rural Africa.
Reshma Patel, Executive Director
Reshma Patel has a deep interest in improving the access to and quality of education for underserved communities in developing nations. She brings a wealth of experience from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to her role at Impact Network. Prior to joining Impact Network, Reshma Patel worked at MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan social policy research firm, dedicated to finding solutions to improve the lives of low-income communities. In this role, she served as the project and data manager for a $30 million multi-college evaluation of performance-based scholarships in postsecondary institutions, and the project director for a study of a large microfinance program serving low-income women in New York City. Prior to MDRC, she was a pension risk analyst at Morgan Stanley, and an actuarial associate at Towers Perrin. In addition, she has worked abroad on multiple occasions, concentrating her time and efforts in South Africa and various villages within Gujarat, India. Reshma has a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo and she is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.