Our diverse mentors bring deep expertise and experience to the entrepreneurs; each team is paired with one or more relevant mentors to guide them throughout the incubator cycle. 

 
  Roy Bahat   Roy is the Head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture firm investing in the future of work. He was Co-founder and Chairman of a venture-backed startup (OUYA), as well as an executive at News Corporation. He was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business. Roy is also a lecturer teaching media at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He has served in government, non-profits, media, corporate, and startup roles.

Roy Bahat

Roy is the Head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture firm investing in the future of work. He was Co-founder and Chairman of a venture-backed startup (OUYA), as well as an executive at News Corporation. He was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business. Roy is also a lecturer teaching media at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He has served in government, non-profits, media, corporate, and startup roles.

  Abigail Seldin   Abigail Seldin is a Partner at New Profit on the Learn to Earn Fund. A Rhodes Scholar and Forbes Education “30 Under 30," she co-founded College Abacus in 2012 and served as its CEO until she led the successful sale of the company to ECMC Group in 2014. Until joining New Profit in October 2016, she served as VP of Innovation & Product Development at the acquirer, where she started and led their DC-based ECMC Innovation Lab.       

Abigail Seldin

Abigail Seldin is a Partner at New Profit on the Learn to Earn Fund. A Rhodes Scholar and Forbes Education “30 Under 30," she co-founded College Abacus in 2012 and served as its CEO until she led the successful sale of the company to ECMC Group in 2014. Until joining New Profit in October 2016, she served as VP of Innovation & Product Development at the acquirer, where she started and led their DC-based ECMC Innovation Lab.   


 

  Melvyn Lubega   Melvyn Lubega is head of partnerships and business development at GO1. He joined fellow Rhodes Scholar Andrew Barnes in building GO1 during their studies at Oxford. Following their studies, GO1 went through Y-Combinator at which point Melvyn as head of sales built and scaled the sales function to generate +$1m in recurring revenue. Two years on, GO1 currently has teams in six countries, serving over 500,000 users. Prior to Oxford, Melvyn worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs.

Melvyn Lubega

Melvyn Lubega is head of partnerships and business development at GO1. He joined fellow Rhodes Scholar Andrew Barnes in building GO1 during their studies at Oxford. Following their studies, GO1 went through Y-Combinator at which point Melvyn as head of sales built and scaled the sales function to generate +$1m in recurring revenue. Two years on, GO1 currently has teams in six countries, serving over 500,000 users. Prior to Oxford, Melvyn worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs.

  John Lazar   John was CEO and Chairman of Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of communications software. He is an active angel investor and technology start-up mentor, and sits on the boards of several for-profit ventures and NGO’s. John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Academy’s International Committee. In 2016, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to engineering. John holds an MSc and DPhil from Oxford University.    

John Lazar

John was CEO and Chairman of Metaswitch Networks, a leading provider of communications software. He is an active angel investor and technology start-up mentor, and sits on the boards of several for-profit ventures and NGO’s. John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Academy’s International Committee. In 2016, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to engineering. John holds an MSc and DPhil from Oxford University. 

 

  Joyce Meng   Joyce is passionate about social entrepreneurship and investing. She is the co-founder and CEO of Givology, a 100% volunteer-run online giving marketplace for education connecting donors to grassroots projects worldwide. Joyce is also a Partner and Managing Director of Vernier Capital, a fundamentals-driven global long-short equity investment fund. She has been recognized as Forbes “30 under 30” in education and Wharton’s “40 under 40”. Joyce graduated  from the Huntsman Program of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an Oxford MSc in Economics for Development and an MSc Financial Economics. 

Joyce Meng

Joyce is passionate about social entrepreneurship and investing. She is the co-founder and CEO of Givology, a 100% volunteer-run online giving marketplace for education connecting donors to grassroots projects worldwide. Joyce is also a Partner and Managing Director of Vernier Capital, a fundamentals-driven global long-short equity investment fund. She has been recognized as Forbes “30 under 30” in education and Wharton’s “40 under 40”. Joyce graduated  from the Huntsman Program of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an Oxford MSc in Economics for Development and an MSc Financial Economics. 

  Fiona Reid   Fiona is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL School of Management. Previously, she was Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Said Business School, and has been involved in the creation of many new spinouts and social ventures arising from Higher Education. She served as Director of UKCDS, which manages £440m of public research funding to support UK government’s international development interests.     

Fiona Reid

Fiona is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL School of Management. Previously, she was Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Said Business School, and has been involved in the creation of many new spinouts and social ventures arising from Higher Education. She served as Director of UKCDS, which manages £440m of public research funding to support UK government’s international development interests. 


 

  Nicholas W. Allard   Nicholas is President, Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He is widely recognized as a thought leader in legal education, having introduced dynamic changes at Brooklyn Law School including the establishment of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) specializing in legal advice for entrepreneurs. Nick is also senior counsel in Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. He was a Rhodes Scholar, and served as secretary of a district Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.    

Nicholas W. Allard

Nicholas is President, Joseph Crea Dean, and Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He is widely recognized as a thought leader in legal education, having introduced dynamic changes at Brooklyn Law School including the establishment of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) specializing in legal advice for entrepreneurs. Nick is also senior counsel in Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. He was a Rhodes Scholar, and served as secretary of a district Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.


 

  Charles Songhurst   Charles is a founding partner of Katana Capital. He also runs the Songhurst Group, which holds assets in a variety of private companies. Charles ran corporate strategy for Microsoft and focused on partnering and M&A. He was involved in the Yahoo acquisition and commercial deal, and the Skype acquisition. Before running corporate strategy, Charles was focused on the emergence of Google and the growth of the search industry. Charles received a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy, and economics.  

Charles Songhurst

Charles is a founding partner of Katana Capital. He also runs the Songhurst Group, which holds assets in a variety of private companies. Charles ran corporate strategy for Microsoft and focused on partnering and M&A. He was involved in the Yahoo acquisition and commercial deal, and the Skype acquisition. Before running corporate strategy, Charles was focused on the emergence of Google and the growth of the search industry. Charles received a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy, and economics.
 

  Shaan Gandhi   Shaan is an investor, entrepreneur and resident physician in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Alongside his clinical duties, he engages in early-stage biopharmaceutical and healthcare IT investments at Excel Venture Management, and leads Wellable, a mobile corporate wellness startup serving more than 45,000 members across the world. He is an MD graduate of Harvard Medical School and an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He was a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his DPhil in medical oncology from the University of Oxford, and holds an Hon. BS in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

Shaan Gandhi

Shaan is an investor, entrepreneur and resident physician in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Alongside his clinical duties, he engages in early-stage biopharmaceutical and healthcare IT investments at Excel Venture Management, and leads Wellable, a mobile corporate wellness startup serving more than 45,000 members across the world. He is an MD graduate of Harvard Medical School and an MBA graduate of Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He was a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his DPhil in medical oncology from the University of Oxford, and holds an Hon. BS in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University.

  Matt Clifford   Matt Clifford MBE is cofounder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, the leading technology company builder in Europe and South East Asia. Entrepreneur First invests in ambitious individuals, pre-company, to help them build world-class deep technology startups from scratch in London and Singapore. Since 2011, Entrepreneur First has created over 120 startups worth over $1bn including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable, Pi-Top, OpenCosmos, Brolly and Cloud NC. 

Matt Clifford

Matt Clifford MBE is cofounder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, the leading technology company builder in Europe and South East Asia. Entrepreneur First invests in ambitious individuals, pre-company, to help them build world-class deep technology startups from scratch in London and Singapore. Since 2011, Entrepreneur First has created over 120 startups worth over $1bn including Magic Pony Technology, Tractable, Pi-Top, OpenCosmos, Brolly and Cloud NC. 

  Melissa McCoy   Melissa is co-founder & CEO of ConnectMed, an Entrepreneur First-backed company that seeks to plug the primary healthcare gap in developing countries through telehealth and machine learning. She has worked as an engineer, consultant, and entrepreneur in Africa & Latin America for almost 5 years. Melissa holds a MSc Computer Science & MBA from the University of Oxford and a BS Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Melissa McCoy

Melissa is co-founder & CEO of ConnectMed, an Entrepreneur First-backed company that seeks to plug the primary healthcare gap in developing countries through telehealth and machine learning. She has worked as an engineer, consultant, and entrepreneur in Africa & Latin America for almost 5 years. Melissa holds a MSc Computer Science & MBA from the University of Oxford and a BS Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

  Brian Krohn   Brian is the CEO of Soundly, an NSF and NIH funded digital health company dedicated to improving sleep. A Rhodes Scholar, a Medical Device Innovation Fellow, and an EPA STAR Fellow he has a broad base of experience. His startup experience spans renewable energy, local food, medical device, and digital health. He has half a dozen patents that are equally diverse, ranging from green fuel production to neurosurgery devices, and is passionate about using Lean Startup methods to create sustainable businesses around innovative technology.

Brian Krohn

Brian is the CEO of Soundly, an NSF and NIH funded digital health company dedicated to improving sleep. A Rhodes Scholar, a Medical Device Innovation Fellow, and an EPA STAR Fellow he has a broad base of experience. His startup experience spans renewable energy, local food, medical device, and digital health. He has half a dozen patents that are equally diverse, ranging from green fuel production to neurosurgery devices, and is passionate about using Lean Startup methods to create sustainable businesses around innovative technology.

  Noam Angrist   Noam is the Executive Director and co-founder of Young 1ove - an NGO to scale evidence-based health & education programs that has served 35,000 youth in Southern Africa. Noam is committed to bridging the gap between evidence on “what works” and translation into scaled intervention and policy. He has evaluated poverty-alleviation programs at the University of Botswana, J-PAL, World Bank, and White House. Noam has a B.S. in Mathematics & Economics from MIT and an MSc. in Evidence-Based Policy Evaluation from Oxford University. 

Noam Angrist

Noam is the Executive Director and co-founder of Young 1ove - an NGO to scale evidence-based health & education programs that has served 35,000 youth in Southern Africa. Noam is committed to bridging the gap between evidence on “what works” and translation into scaled intervention and policy. He has evaluated poverty-alleviation programs at the University of Botswana, J-PAL, World Bank, and White House. Noam has a B.S. in Mathematics & Economics from MIT and an MSc. in Evidence-Based Policy Evaluation from Oxford University. 

  Roopa Unnikrishnan    Roopa is the head of strategy at HARMAN International, with past lead positions at Pfizer, BlackRock and Citibank. She builds on almost two decades of experience in roles where she has seeded and driven change and innovation in several Fortune 500 companies. Acting as both a mentor and an active investor, Roopa has extensive experience in helping teams grow and maximize impact. She completed an MPhil. in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.     

Roopa Unnikrishnan

Roopa is the head of strategy at HARMAN International, with past lead positions at Pfizer, BlackRock and Citibank. She builds on almost two decades of experience in roles where she has seeded and driven change and innovation in several Fortune 500 companies. Acting as both a mentor and an active investor, Roopa has extensive experience in helping teams grow and maximize impact. She completed an MPhil. in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. at the
University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.



 

  Will Zeng   Will is a quantum computer scientist and Director of Software & Applications at Rigetti Computing, a venture backed startup building the world's first quantum computers. His work focuses on software and applications engineering for quantum technologies. Dr. Zeng completed his PhD on the mathematical structure of quantum algorithms as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford (2015), where he rowed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and holds a BSc in Physics from Yale University (2011).  

Will Zeng

Will is a quantum computer scientist and Director of Software & Applications at Rigetti Computing, a venture backed startup building the world's first quantum computers. His work focuses on software and applications engineering for quantum technologies. Dr. Zeng completed his PhD on the mathematical structure of quantum algorithms as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford (2015), where he rowed in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and holds a BSc in Physics from Yale University (2011).
 

  Joe Jewell   Joe is an aerospace engineer, entrepreneur, and current research scientist for a defense contractor at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He has received several SBIR grants for early stage technical innovation with national security applications. Previously, he co-founded a startup in the online education space, which was subsequently acquired, and was named one of  Business Week 's "Top 25 Best Entrepreneurs Under 25" in 2006.  He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics from Caltech, an aerospace engineering masters from the University of Michigan, and an MSc in engineering science as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. 

Joe Jewell

Joe is an aerospace engineer, entrepreneur, and current research scientist for a defense contractor at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He has received several SBIR grants for early stage technical innovation with national security applications. Previously, he co-founded a startup in the online education space, which was subsequently acquired, and was named one of Business Week's "Top 25 Best Entrepreneurs Under 25" in 2006.  He received a B.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics from Caltech, an aerospace engineering masters from the University of Michigan, and an MSc in engineering science as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. 

  Glenn Leighton   Glenn has double undergraduate degrees in Law from China University (Japan) and Bond University (Queensland). Since completing his D.Phil in trade finance law, he has spent over 20 years in investment banking in Singapore and London. He advises banks, corporates and insurers how to raise finance in the bond markets and to manage risk through derivatives. Currently head of Capital & Risk Advisory within Lloyds Bank CB Markets Division, he has a keen interest in FinTech, particularly where it involves complex selling and managing regulation.   

Glenn Leighton

Glenn has double undergraduate degrees in Law from China University (Japan) and Bond University (Queensland). Since completing his D.Phil in trade finance law, he has spent over 20 years in investment banking in Singapore and London. He advises banks, corporates and insurers how to raise finance in the bond markets and to manage risk through derivatives. Currently head of Capital & Risk Advisory within Lloyds Bank CB Markets Division, he has a keen interest in FinTech, particularly where it involves complex selling and managing regulation. 
 

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  Paul is a Fellow at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University and Senior Counsel in the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. His work at Stanford is focused on social ventures (especially in emerging markets), strategic philanthropy and impact investing. In his law practice he represented companies and banks throughout North America, Europe and Africa in a variety of transactions ranging from early round financings, initial public offerings, subsequent debt and equity financings as well as general corporate transactions.

Paul Kumleben

Paul is a Fellow at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University and Senior Counsel in the global law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. His work at Stanford is focused on social ventures (especially in emerging markets), strategic philanthropy and impact investing. In his law practice he represented companies and banks throughout North America, Europe and Africa in a variety of transactions ranging from early round financings, initial public offerings, subsequent debt and equity financings as well as general corporate transactions.



  Michael O'Sullivan   Michael is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse in their International Wealth Management (IWM) Division, based in Zurich. He is also an independent member of Ireland's National Economic Social Council. Michael has spent over 10 years in the industry as a global strategist, and has taught finance at both Princeton and Oxford Universities.  He was a Rhodes Scholar, and holds an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University.   

Michael O'Sullivan

Michael is a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Credit Suisse in their International Wealth Management (IWM) Division, based in Zurich. He is also an independent member of Ireland's National Economic Social Council. Michael has spent over 10 years in the industry as a global strategist, and has taught finance at both Princeton and Oxford Universities.  He was a Rhodes Scholar, and holds an MPhil and DPhil from Oxford University.

 

  David Ferreira   David is a senior executive in IFC’s healthcare investment team; a partner in Caerus Capital; a shareholder in and director of CRE Venture Capital; a member of the Funding Approvals Committee of Convergence; a member of the Investment Committee of VestedWorld. Previously, David was the Managing Director for Innovative Finance & Private Sector Partnerships at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Investment Manager for Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company; a founding partner of Praxis Capital, a private equity business focused on the healthcare and education sectors in immediately post-Apartheid democratic South Africa; a member of the Board of ADvTECH. David was a 1986 Rhodes Scholar.

David Ferreira

David is a senior executive in IFC’s healthcare investment team; a partner in Caerus Capital; a shareholder in and director of CRE Venture Capital; a member of the Funding Approvals Committee of Convergence; a member of the Investment Committee of VestedWorld. Previously, David was the Managing Director for Innovative Finance & Private Sector Partnerships at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; Investment Manager for Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company; a founding partner of Praxis Capital, a private equity business focused on the healthcare and education sectors in immediately post-Apartheid democratic South Africa; a member of the Board of ADvTECH. David was a 1986 Rhodes Scholar.

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John Rudikoff

John is the CEO and Managing Director of the CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School. He also serves as Special Counsel and Representative-At-Large to MASS Design Group, an internationally recognized design firm. John is a member of the board of directors of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a non-profit group working to develop a new streetcar system connecting the two boroughs; and Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] a non-profit architecture group that promotes smart design in cities.
 

  David Knezevic   David is co-founder and CTO of Akselos, an MIT spin-off founded in 2012. Akselos provides a cloud-based platform for Digital Twins of critical infrastructure, such as offshore structures, mining machinery, and turbines, enables engineers to gain deeper insights into structural integrity issues, predictive maintenance, and improved safety. David is an Australian Rhodes Scholar and holds a D.Phil. in Numerical Analysis from Oxford. Prior to Akselos, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and a Lecturer in Computational Science at Harvard University.  

David Knezevic

David is co-founder and CTO of Akselos, an MIT spin-off founded in 2012. Akselos provides a cloud-based platform for Digital Twins of critical infrastructure, such as offshore structures, mining machinery, and turbines, enables engineers to gain deeper insights into structural integrity issues, predictive maintenance, and improved safety. David is an Australian Rhodes Scholar and holds a D.Phil. in Numerical Analysis from Oxford. Prior to Akselos, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, and a Lecturer in Computational Science at Harvard University.
 

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  Bobby is the Founder and CEO of Metavention, a company developing a first-in-class procedural treatment for type 2 diabetes, where he has led development of the procedure, completion of a First In Human trial, and fundraising through Series C.  Previously, Bobby was a venture capitalist specializing in early stage medical device investing and company building at Versant Ventures and Third Rock Ventures.  Bobby practiced medicine and holds an MD from Harvard and a DPhil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.


Bobak Azamian

Bobby is the Founder and CEO of Metavention, a company developing a first-in-class procedural treatment for type 2 diabetes, where he has led development of the procedure, completion of a First In Human trial, and fundraising through Series C.  Previously, Bobby was a venture capitalist specializing in early stage medical device investing and company building at Versant Ventures and Third Rock Ventures.  Bobby practiced medicine and holds an MD from Harvard and a DPhil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

  Jared Dunnmon   Jared is a current Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he focuses on combining heterogeneous data modalities, machine learning, and human domain expertise to improve decision-making in health, energy & environment, and geopolitics.  Jared has worked to bridge the gap between tech and effective deployment in many contexts including foreign policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, solar electrification at Offgrid Electric, cybersecurity at Center for Strategic and International Studies, emerging technology investment at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, nuclear fusion modeling at the Oxford Mathematical Institute, and nonlinear energy harvesting at Duke.  Jared holds a PhD from Stanford, an MSc. in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing and an M.B.A. from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Jared Dunnmon

Jared is a current Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he focuses on combining heterogeneous data modalities, machine learning, and human domain expertise to improve decision-making in health, energy & environment, and geopolitics.  Jared has worked to bridge the gap between tech and effective deployment in many contexts including foreign policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, solar electrification at Offgrid Electric, cybersecurity at Center for Strategic and International Studies, emerging technology investment at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, nuclear fusion modeling at the Oxford Mathematical Institute, and nonlinear energy harvesting at Duke.  Jared holds a PhD from Stanford, an MSc. in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing and an M.B.A. from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

 

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