John F. Powers 

John F. Powers,  was president and chief executive officer of the Stanford Management Company (SMC) since 2006.

Powers, who oversaw the investment of Stanford's $25 billion in endowment and trust assets and its expendable funds


Powers was appointed to lead SMC in June 2006.  Since that time, the endowment has grown from $12 billion to $21.4 billion as of Aug. 31, 2014, the last day of Stanford's fiscal year. In the five years since the global financial crisis, the total merged investment pool managed by SMC has compounded at 13.1 percent annually, and the financial damage of the crisis has been fully repaired.

In addition to leading SMC, Powers has taught courses on finance and private equity in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Before joining Stanford, Powers served in numerous capacities at Offit Hall Capital Management LLC and at Robertson Stephens Inc. Powers serves on the board of Makena Capital Management, LLC as well as the Investment Advisory Board of Google Inc. Powers holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

The Stanford Management Company was established in 1991 to manage Stanford's financial and real estate assets. SMC is a division of the university governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Stanford University Board of Trustees. SMC oversees more than $25 billion of endowment and trust assets, temporarily invested expendable funds and commercial real estate investments. The income generated from SMC's work supports Stanford's research and teaching, including student and faculty support, capital improvements and infrastructure, and operational funds

Susan Colby 

Susan Colby is the CEO and Co-founder of Imagine Worldwide. Imagine will empower every child, everywhere to build the literacy and numeracy skills they need to achieve their full potential. More than 250 million children and youth worldwide do not have access to school. And hundreds of millions more go to school but never learn to read or write. Imagine will demonstrate that children, with personalized technology in their hands, can become literate and numerate with little to no adult instruction.

Prior to founding Imagine, Susan was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office leading the firm’s North American Education Practice, where she worked with clients in the social, public, and private sectors. Previously, Susan was the Chief Executive Officer at Stupski Foundation. She was also a founding partner of the Bridgespan Group and led their work in K-12 education and philanthropic strategy for more than a decade.  Susan also served as Co-President of the Sustainable Development Sector at Monsanto where she developed and led economically, environmentally and socially viable businesses in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Earlier in her career, in her first stint at McKinsey, Susan worked in a variety of industries and co-founded the North American Environment Practice.

 Susan is a co-author of several major articles on strategy, philanthropy and education, including “Galvanizing Philanthropy” (Harvard Business Review) and “Zeroing in on Impact” (Stanford Social Innovation Review). She has addressed major convenings on topics of strategy, philanthropy, gender, and education. Susan is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow (Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education). She currently serves on the board of CODE2040 and the advisory board for the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She is a Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Education. Susan began her career at Bain & Company.

Susan earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA from American University

Steve Ciensinki 

Stephen Ciesinski is president of SRI International (, one of the world’s leading independent research and development organizations. SRI performs client-sponsored R&D for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations.

Steve’s professional experience includes a number of industries and businesses: consumer products, semiconductor capital equipment, telecommunications, mobile/wireless, applications software, Web 2.0, open source, medical devices, and many others. As a corporate officer, board member, advisor and investor, he has participated in or managed numerous strategic events, including new business formation, major product launches, private financings, IPOs, M&A transactions and leveraged buy-outs.

Over the course of his career Steve has held executive management positions with Applied Materials, the global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, the worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, Inc., the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software and provider of complex Internet applications to Global 2000 and telecommunications service operators. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures.

Steve is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Union College and is a lifetime trustee. He is also past chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), and has been on several advisory boards at Stanford University.

Steve is an active angel investor, and assists several Silicon Valley-based private companies as advisor and board member.

He is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and received an MBA from Stanford University.

Steve resides in Los Altos Hills, California with his wife. They are founders of the Kalele Foundation, dedicated to providing character and self-esteem development experiences for disadvantaged children

Robert Siegel

Robert Siegel researches strategy and innovation in both large and small companies, as well as the opportunities and challenges that technological change brings to these firms. Additionally, Robert teaches product management and product development best practices and methods, as well as entrepreneurial finance over the life-cycle of growing companies


Robert Siegel is a Lecturer in Management and has led primary research and written cases on Google, Charles Schwab, Daimler, AB InBev, Box, Stripe, General Electric, AngelList, 23andMe, CODE2040, Lending Club, Tableau, PayPal, SurveyMonkey, Medium, Autodesk, Minted, Zuora, Axel Springer and Starbucks (La Boulange), amongst others.

He is also a partner at XSeed Capital, and his investment areas include business operations where computational technologies automate/improve company performance, mobile solutions for firms of all sizes, and software systems that shape both business and consumer behaviors.

He sits on the Board of Directors of Foxeye Robotics, Avochato, and Cape, and he led XSeed’s investments in Sparta Science, Zooz (acquired by PayU of Naspers - NPN), Hive, Lex Machina (acquired by LexisNexis of the RELX Group - RELX), CirroSecure (acquired by Palo Alto Networks - PANW), Disco, The League, Trove, Teapot (acquired by Stripe), Smart Coffee Technology, Pixlee and SIPX (acquired by ProQuest). He also supports other portfolio companies such as Citrine Informatics.

Robert is on the Board of SmartDrive Systems, is a Member of the Supervisory Board of TTTech Auto AG, and is Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board for TTTech Computertechnik AG in Vienna, Austria. He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Boards for Here Technologies and Tulco, and is the Co-President Emeritus of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, an alumni association that fosters relationships to strengthen the Stanford startup community. Robert has co-authored several articles for the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, is a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru, and is a frequent contributor to Fortune, TechCrunch, VentureBeat and Forbes.

Prior to joining XSeed, Robert was General Manager of the Video and Software Solutions division for GE Security, with annual revenues of $350 million. Robert was previously Executive Vice President of Pixim, Inc., a fabless semiconductor firm specializing in image sensors and processors (acquired by Sony). Before Pixim, Robert was Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Weave Innovations Inc. (acquired by Kodak), a network services developer that invented the world’s first digital picture frame, and delivered photos and other digital media to PCs and internet / mobile devices.

Robert served in various management roles at Intel Corporation, including an executive position on their Corporate Business Development team, in which he invested capital in startups that were strategically aligned with Intel’s vision. 

Robert is the co-inventor of four patents and served as lead researcher for Andy Grove’s best-selling book, Only the Paranoid Survive.

Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.  He is married with three children

Ayman Hindy 

MIT Ph.D., Stanford University Graduate School of Business Professor, Hedge Fund Portfolio Managerand Board Director with over 28 years of international experience developing systems for cost-efficienttrading of equities and overseeing discretionary and systematic trading of global fixed income and its

derivatives with a focus on US, Japanese and European markets.


Ayman was partner at Capula Investment Management and head of U.S office . The eighth-largest hedge fund in Europe with assets exceeding $15B. 


He is currently portfolio manager at POINT72  A $14B long/short hedge fund responsible for managing assets of founder and eligible employees. 

Raymond Levitt 

Dr. Ray Levitt joined Blackhorn Ventures in 2017 as an Operating Partner. Ray primarily focuses on bringing new investment opportunities to the team from his extensive network focused around the Built Environment. His deep expertise and connection to the Stanford ecosystem providesextensive access to high-quality investment opportunities. 

Ray is Kumagai Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Stanford University, currently on active duty at half-time. He served as Chair of Stanford’s Faculty Senate from 2012-13. Ray founded and directs Stanford’s Global Projects Center (GPC). In 2017, he launched a new GPC initiative to explore and create disruptive business opportunities arising from the collection, integration, and analysis of big data from multiple, public and private sources in emerging Digital Cities. Ray is a long-time member and the current President of the Farmers Investment Club, an angel investment group of 20 Stanford faculty, staff and affiliates.

Ray co-founded and served as a Director of Rackwise, Inc., until shortly before it became a public company in 2011. He co-founded and served as Chairman of Design Power, Inc., acquired by Bentley Systems in 2007. He founded and launched Vite Corporation and served as its initial CEO and Chairman; Vite’s SimVision Software was acquired by ePM, LLC in 2002.

From 2008-2014 Dr. Levitt served as a Commissioner of California’s Public Infrastructure Advisory Commission to channel private investment and expertise into California’s aging transportation infrastructure through public-private partnerships (PPP). He was elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2008 and was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2013

Luke Nosek

Luke Nosek'snotable for being a co-founder of PayPal and famous VC firm Founders FUnd. His venture capital career was influenced heavily by the connections he made as one of the first employees at PayPal, the online payment company bought by eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. Nosek followed fellow PayPal mafioso Peter Thiel to Founders Fund, where his two biggest investments to date have been in companies founded by former PayPal employees. He was the first institutional investor in Elon Musk's SpaceX, a company whose progress, Nosek says, is "critical to the human race." Nosek was also the first backer of PayPal COO David Sacks' Geni, which later spun out Yammer (acquired by Microsoft in June 2012 for $1.2 billion). While at PayPal, he served as vice president of marketing and strategy, creating the company's "instant transfer" product.

Tarek Asaad

Tarek started his career as an engineer at Lucent Technologies then as a software developer for SAQQARA Systems, an internet startup in Silicon Valley. He later became General Manager of CID Consulting where he led the company’s high growth, helping it to become one of the leading local consulting firms in Egypt.

Apart from his role at Algebra Ventures, Tarek is Managing Partner at Ideavelopers where he has been managing $50m of VC investments since 2009, including some of Egypt’s most prominent technology startups. Tarek is a director of Smart Card Applications, Siwareand IdealRatings. In this role, he was also responsible for the investment in Fawry, the leading bill payment and presentment company in Egypt, which realized a $100m exit in 2015.

Tarek holds a B.Sc. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni

Abdulrahman Tarabzouni is the CEO and Managing Director of STV, the largest technology venture capital fund in the Middle East. STV aims to work with founders to back and scale the region’s most exciting and disruptive technology companies.


Prior to founding STV, Mr. Tarabzouni held various executive leadership roles at Google's California headquarters, where he headed the company's global efforts to build new businesses and partnerships for Android, Mobile, and Wireless Communications. Prior to that, Mr. Tarabzouni built and scaled Google’s Android and Play business across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. 

His tenure with Google began in 2009 when he established and led Google’s business operations in emerging markets in the Middle East region. He directed Google’s strategy and investments to the region, grew its revenues, and drove strategic partnerships across emerging markets in the region.

Prior to Google, Mr. Tarabzouni co-founded a number of technology ventures in the US and managed different tech consulting, banking, and design engagements at Oracle, Morgan Stanley, and Blueprint. 

Mr. Tarabzouni sits on a number of boards, and executive and investment committees. 

He was named by the MIT Technology Review as a TR35 Pan-Arab Innovator, listed on the 30 under 30 lists of Arabian Business and Gulf Business, and was the first recipient of the MIT ASO Science and Technology Achievement award. 

Mr. Tarabzouni attended MIT and received BSc and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Economics.

Youssri Helmy 

Youssri brings over 25 years of experience in engineering, product management, marketing, and business development in a wide range of technologies to Newbury Ventures. He is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully cofounded, operated and exited several startups globally. Youssri is an angel investor and advisor to several startup companies. Prior to Newbury, Youssri cofounded and served as Chairman of IdealRatings, a global financial information provider for socially responsible investors. Prior to IdealRatings, Youssri co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of ITWorx, growing it to become the largest software services provider in the Middle East with 800+ professionals. ITWorx was acquired in 2007 by a private equity consortium. While at ITWorx, Youssri led the acquisition, scaling, and successful exits of and Youssri was also co-founder and CTO of Swan Labs. As the original inventor, Youssri capitalized on the then nascent network optimization segment, leading Swan to acquisition by F5 Networks for $43 million, doubling investors’ money in less than 12 months. Youssri received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Cairo University and sits on the Boards of TechWadi and Endeavor Egypt

Chris Haroun 

Chris has sold more than 500,000 of his online business and personal development courses. He teaches full-time on he is the author of the #1 best selling business course on called "An Entire MBA in 1 Course©," which has been purchased by more than 175,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries. He is also the author of 39 additional courses on 

According to Business Insider  "Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education." Chris is also the author of the book "101 Crucial Lessons They Don't Teach You in Business School," which Business Insider wrote is "the most popular book of 2016 according to Business Insider readers." Forbes called this book "1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now."

Chris is an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University and former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.

Eric Bahn

Eric Bahn is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Hustle Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Hustle Fund invests in software startups at the pre-seed and seed stages, making 100 investments out of its current fund.

Previous to Hustle Fund, Eric was an angel investor and partner at 500 Startups. And prior to becoming a professional investor, he spent over a decade as an operator (Facebook, Instagram) and entrepreneur (Beat The GMAT, The Hustle). Eric draws from his product and growth experience to advise his founders in scaling their own enterprises.

Eric is a native of Detroit, Michigan and first arrived to Silicon Valley to attend Stanford University (BA, MA), which launched his career into software and startups. Eric is happily married with two kids

Hatim Zaghloul

Egyptian Canadian, is recognized as a visionary leader in the hi-tech community. In 1992, Dr.Zaghloul co-founded Wi-LAN Inc., and under his direction, the two technologies he co-invented with Dr. Michel Fattouche became the heart of many wireless communications standards: WiFi (IEEE802.11a/g/n), 3G (H and H+), LTE and 4G (WiMAX)

Marco Chisari 

Global head of semiconductor investment banking at Bank of America Merril Lynch. Chisari previously worked for Credit Suisse Group AG , where he was managing director in the technology M&A group. He focused primarily on the semiconductor, software and internet space. 

He was previously head of M&A for the technology group at Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based investment fund. Over the course of his career, Chisari worked on transactions for companies including Toshiba Memory and NXP Semiconductors NV

Dr. Ossama Hassanein 

Dr. Ossama Hassanein is the Chairman of Rising Tide Funds, Board Member of Bank of the West, MBR Innovation Fund, UBC School of Applied Science, and AUC School of Business. Co-managed $1B+ of international technology funds in Silicon Valley, Canada and France, investing in 200+ companies whose current worth exceeds $200B.


Peter Francis teaches S512, “The Yin and Yang of Family Business Transitions,” a course that delves into the dynamics inherent in all family-owned enterprises. He has been involved in family businesses for his entire life on both sides of his family. He personally completed a leveraged buyout of a family-owned business after graduating from the Stanford GSB in 1987. For over 20 years, Peter has been a frequent speaker to family business audiences and a guest-lecturer at Stanford and Wharton. With the perspective of having run a 130 year old, family business that is currently welcoming its sixth generation into the world, Peter has a passion for the benefits and challenges found in this ubiquitous structure

Peter Francis is the Managing Director of MIMCO, LLC, an investment company formed to manage six investment partnerships, as well as direct ownership interests in real estate, leverage-buyout, natural gas royalty and private equity funds. Through the search fund model, he directly owns interests in more than fifty small businesses.

He retired as the Board Chair in 2008 and President and CEO in 2009 of J.M. Huber Corporation, a privately held global supplier of engineered materials, food ingredients, natural resources, and technology-based services with annual sales of approximately $1.9 billion. In 2013, Huber received the IMD-Lombard Odier Family Business Award for excellence in family business. Francis joined Huber in 1992 as vice chairman, before assuming operating roles in 1993.

In his previous career, Mr. Francis owned and operated three companies, including one leveraged buy-out sourced using the search fund model. He lived and worked outside the United States for eight years and held various positions in marketing, engineering, R&D, manufacturing, and general management with both large and small companies.

Mr. Francis is on the Board of the Dover Corporation, a NYSE-listed diversified industrial manufacturer. He is on the Advisory Council of the Stanford GSB and the Board of Trustees of Tabor Academy. He formerly sat on the Boards of Rumson Country Day School, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Cascade Cabinet Corporation and AMS Acquisition Corporation

Faten Sabry 

Chair of the Securities and Finance Practice at NERA Economic Consulting and member of the Stanford GSB Management Board. Using economic and statistical tools, Faten Sabry advises corporations and regulators on economic issues that arise in litigation, regulatory investigations, and in the estimation of reserves for long-tailed liabilities. Examples of her work include the design and structuring of settlements to maximize opt-ins of investors or consumers, examining the drivers of losses of financial securities, quantifying the impact of a change in regulatory rules on given markets, the valuation of highly illiquid assets and companies with little or no historical information, the estimation of diminished value due to product recalls or defective products, and the estimation of economic damages. Faten is also the chair of NERA’s bankruptcy practice, and in that capacity she has consulted on numerous matters involving business valuation and solvency, distressed debt and debt exchanges, and estimated asset and liability values in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. She has consulted on numerous matters related to the credit crisis and has testified as an expert in state and federal courts. Faten has published in Journal of Alternative Investments, Business Economics, and The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities, among others.

Faten was awarded the J.M. Olin Graduate Fellowship, the Graduate School of Business Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and AUC merits Scholarships. She was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and an assistant professor of economics at the American University in Cairo. Faten received her PhD in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, her master’s and BA in economics from the American University in Cairo. In addition, she has been designated by the American Statistical Association as an Accredited Professional Statistician.