Keith Malcolm Spears

General Partner of Include Ventures

Keith Malcolm Spears performs COO, CIO and Chief Compliance functions for the Include Ventures. An experienced fund of funds and co-investor, Mr. Spears leverages his experiences working at leading private equity firms to institute best practices in the investment process. He leads the portfolio construction and risk management functions within IV. He coordinates relationships with the Fund’s legal, fund administration, accounting and banking partnerships. A graduate of Yale Law School, Keith spearheads the firm’s compliance functions to ensure that the Firm does not have any real or even the semblance of conflicts of issues. 

As an alternative asset professional with a particular expertise in impact investing, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and real estate. Over a 32-year career, Mr. Spears has worked on over 150 transactions and investments that range from $1.0 million to well over $10 billion in size. Mr. Spears has advised on over $47 billion in transactions, including approximately $30 billion in 80 private equity fund investments and co- investments and $17 billion in 75 mergers, acquisitions and related financings. 

As CEO of Heritage Impact Partners, Mr. Spears led the firm’s impact investment activities. He advised clients on investment opportunities in a number of industries including but not limited to real estate involving opportunity zones, technology, biotechnology, banking, franchise, education, environment, and distressed situations. He was formerly a Managing Director of Transom Capital Group, a consumer-focused, lower middle market, distressed- focused private equity firm with over $130 million in assets under management. He was formerly one of the founders of Legacy Equity Advisors, a boutique private equity fund-of-fund and co-invest advisory firm which focused on social impact investments and advised on $45 million in assets from The California Endowment. 

Prior to Legacy, Mr. Spears was a Vice President and co-managed Hamilton Lane’s Golden State Investment Fund (“GSIF”), a $550 million private equity separate account fund-of-fund/co- investment fund managed exclusively on behalf of CalPERS, the largest U.S. public pension. GSIF invested in 229 companies that generated over $104 billion in sales since 2009. The GSIF Companies employed approximately 119,000 people and generated 84% and 91% of the net and total job growth in the state of California since 2009. With over $480 billion of private equity assets under advisement, Hamilton Lane is one of the largest private equity fund-of-fund/co- investment advisory firms in the U.S. Mr. Spears was part of the Fund Investment and Co- investment teams at Hamilton Lane and also sourced secondary transaction opportunities. 

Prior to Hamilton Lane, Mr. Spears was a General Partner in an emerging manager fund-of-funds firm established in partnership with WestLB private equity group, which raised $125 million. Mr. Spears is also a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Spears received his JD from Yale (corporate law) and MBA from Stanford Business School (corporate finance) and his BA from Brown University (economics and urban studies).

Liza Lichtinger

CEO of Future Design Life

Liza is a thought-leading executive, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, futurist, psychologist bridging the Wellness Tech Industry, CEO of Future Design Life, and VC advisor on neurobehavioral drivers of human & financial performances. Recently, Liza served as the Director of Research at the AI Foundation, applying research grants in human machine interaction to launch the Deepak Chopra AI product and publish in the AGI Springer journal. Reflecting on the various threats preventing positive evolution, Liza left AIF to focus on human and planetary wellness. A few months later a global pandemic emerged, as CEO of Future Design Life, Liza globally deployed her Resilience Recovery Response to encourage investors and entrepreneurs to adopt practices that serve the greater good, incentivize sustainable circular economies. Liza works on various behavior change projects at Stanford Labs and was honored to learn peace policy under Martin E. Hellman. At Venture Liza leads partnerships.

Liza holds an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Psychotherapy with a Behavioral Neuroscience Focus, graduate level Mindfulness degrees, computer and data science training, a BA/BS in Psychology, Philosophy, and Slavid Languages, and attended and received a certificate from the ILR school at Cornell University in Human Capital Development, Labor/Law/Human Relations/Human Resources. She is passionate about mentoring accelerators, advising incubators and founders, serving on boards, delivering keynotes and public speaking about human resilience, wellness tech, planetary wellbeing, how to incentivize sustainable and circular economies, is a lifelong practitioner of the healing arts, and invests in Human Capital Development.

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Darius Danesh

Tech-Philanthropist by day/ Platinum-selling Performer by night

Millions voted for him on the original UK TV hit “Pop Idol”, and after becoming the only recording artist to turn down Simon Cowell, he topped Coldplay to No. 1 with his debut record “Colourblind”, and opened for Shakira on her World Tour.

At the same time he began a parallel career as an early-stage disruptive tech investor, starting with 3D-printing Platform WITHIN, which was later acquired by Autodesk for nine figures. So began a pursuit of record-setting innovation on and off the stage.

Darius passion for impact technologies was inspired by his father, who invented the first lung-kidney machine for premature babies, donating it to medical science. Water-filtration fascination followed, and Darius became Co-Founder of the “Water for Life” Platform www.fresH2o.org, delivering life-saving clean water solutions in Africa, helping serve 500,000 so far with clean water for a lifetime.

As the Presenter/ Co-producer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual Innovation Awards, and an Alumni of 12Leaders.com, Darius has become a trusted Strategic Advisor to CEOs and global impact platforms like CogX.live, the Global Leadership Summit and Festival of A.I. and Transformational Technology. His consultancy work includes advising on implementation of the UN’s SDGs, and he helped build the G17 platform from World Wide Generation.

Performance highlights include winning ITV's “Popstar to Operastar”, and West End stage accolades include originating Leading Man roles: in No 1 hit Funny Girl; Sir Tim Rice casting him in From Here to Eternity; Sir Trevor Nunn directing him as Hugh Jackman’s replacement in Gone With The Wind; taking over from Ewan McGregor in the Olivier Award-winning Guys and Dolls; and three runs in CHICAGO, where he became the youngest performer to play the Billy Flynn role.

Operatic performances include leading the biggest ever indoor Opera, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the 20,000 seater O2 in London, as the bullfighter in Bizet's Carmen.

As a producer in film, Darius helped bring Daniel Radcliffe’s true-story hit thriller IMPERIUM, and the Martin Scorsese Exec-produced TOMORROW, to the silver screen. Studying English Literature at Edinburgh University proved helpful later, for his No. 6 Sunday Times Best-Selling book “Sink or Swim”. For dedication to coaching challenged youth, Prince Charles honoured him as Ambassador to The Princes Trust. Darius’ commitment to Cancer charities comes from his doctor parents who are both Stage 4 Cancer Survivors, and to whom he attributes the phrase: "My Heroes”.

Dr. Shubhro Sen

Entrepreneur, Business Leader & Educator

An entrepreneur, business leader and educator, Dr. Shubhro Sen brings a rich and diverse experience profile to his roles as Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence at the D’Amore McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston. His teaching and research span the fields of Strategy and Marketing and he is also the faculty adviser of the Conscious Capitalism Society at Northeastern University.

Previously, he was Director of Director, School of Management and Entrepreneurship as well as the Founding Director of an ambitious new initiative for Shiv Nadar University – the School Extended Education and Professional Development. He was concurrently, the Director and Vision Custodian of the Entrepreneurship Incubator and Venture accelerator@SNU - one of the very few in the country to be recognized and co-funded by the Niti Ayog and Atal Innovation Mission of the Indian government.

Dr. Sen was previously the Director of the Tata Management Training Centre, the corporate university responsible for global executive education and leadership development for the Tata group of companies. In addition to providing executive learning for companies in multiple geographies, Dr. Sen initiated programs for the Indian Civil Services [IAS, IPS and IFS] and was nominated by the Government of India to serve on the Agarwal committee to revamp the training curricula for the elite civil services. He is a Co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute and served as a trustee of the non-profit Conscious Capitalism Inc. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Sen has led multiple entities in the US and India from startup to commercial success and market exits via IPO and/or acquisition. He has been an adviser to over 50 global corporations including Apple Computer, Citibank, State Street Bank, Experian, Safeway, Nomura Securities and Boston Financial as well as development agencies from several countries. He enjoyed a 14 year academic career at multiple universities in the US including the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, Northeastern University, Boston College and Bentley University. He received his Ph.D. in Marketing & Strategic Management from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, an MS in Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana, an MA in International Studies from JNU and a BA [Hons] in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He began his professional journey as a “Tea Taster” and had his own talk shows on Indian national television and radio for a number of years. He is a hiking, golf and cricket enthusiast.

CAMO Studio

Marcus Owens is an architect and Founder of CAMO Studio.
Berkeley PhD in Design and Science and Technology Studies trained at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Focused on public space and mobilities design research and strategy with international project management experience consulting for government and NGOs on socio-cultural aspects of sustainability using digital methods, ethnography, and public engagement.

Ari Eisenstat

Instructor, PhD Candidate, & Researcher at University of Hawai'i

At 33 years old, Ari is a Multi Sectoral Futurist with experience in Innovation Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Venture Philanthropy, Space Policy, and International Advocacy for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i Research Center For Future Studies, Ari is an instructor and creates digital media focused on Human Rights, Environmental Justice, and Global Peace.

Ari has lectured with United Nations Agencies in New York, Geneva, and Vienna, UN Climate Change Conferences in Marrakech and Bonn, World Summit of Noble Peace Laureates in Bogota and Merida, as well as universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Penn, Duke, UC Berkeley, NYU, and internationally.

Ari is a serial social entrepreneur, investor, and creative who has led innovation across venture capital funds, think tanks, nonprofits, sustainable agriculture, creative incubators, educational organizations, crypto funds, hedge funds, and art technology.

Ari presents on Sustainable Development, Future Studies, Space Policy, Impact Investing, and Social Entrepreneurship Globally. Ari has mentored startups with top incubator and accelerator programs and curates workshops at universities, businesses, nonprofits, and conferences, festivals, and events; consulting leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Amandine Roche

Human Right expert

Amandine Roche is a Human Right expert with almost 20 years of experience in conflict contexts across Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America. She has worked with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping, European Commission, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UN WOMEN, UNF, USAID, Carter Center. She has participated in 20 democratic processes around the world. 

Her professional experience is focused on human rights, democratization, education, strategic communication, capacity building, training, advocacy, media awareness, and gender/youth empowerment.

She holds a MD in International Relations and LM in Political Science (France), a MA in Human Rights and International Law (Spain) and has taken courses in Media and International Development (Italy), Peace Education (Costa Rica), Gender Mainstreaming (USA) and Leadership (USA).

Amandine is also an award winning author, photographer, explorer, public speaker, social entrepreneur, yoga and mindfulness teacher.

She is the founder of the Amanuddin Foundation in Afghanistan and the inner peace keeping program in Middel East.

Tony Cho

Founder and CEO of Metro 1

Tony Cho is founder and CEO of Metro 1, a forward-thinking real estate brokerage, management and development firm focused on shaping neighborhoods and developing sustainable cities in South Florida and beyond. The company has completed over $2.5 billion in real estate transactions since 2005 and has been recognized every year since 2011 as one of the top 25 commercial real estate firms by the South Florida Business Journal. 

As an entrepreneur and early pioneer in Wynwood, Mr. Cho served as a founding member of the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID), and championed the progressive rezoning of the area — known as the Wynwood NRD (Neighborhood Redevelopment Plan) — which transformed blighted streets into a diverse, 24-hour mixed-use arts and entertainment district.

Recently, Metro1 Development, the development arm of the company, partnered with The Related Group of Florida to co-develop a mixed-use micro-apartment and hospitality project in Wynwood, targeting millennials and creatives. Metro 1 is also in the final permitting stages of a dual-branded mixed-use Marriott AC & Element Hotels in Brickell with the Robert Finvarb Companies in front of the first phase of The Underline, as well as additional projects throughout Florida.

Mr. Cho is a co-founder of the Magic City Innovation District, which is transforming 18 acres of industrial warehouses and land in Little Haiti into a center for innovation, jobs and creativity. This 8,000,000 square foot, multi-year, mixed-use project will help spur economic, social, and cultural growth while providing an access point for jobs in an underserved community. 

In 2011, Tony was awarded the prestigious Young Leader of the Year Award from the Urban Land Institute for his role in the redevelopment of Miami’s urban core neighborhoods.

Natasha Schwarz

CEO and Co-founder of StartupAid

Natasha Schwarz started her career in 2008 when she joined Eyb & Wallwitz Capital Assets. After working for almost a year at the firm she went to Human Rights Watch as a communications & outreach trainee. She worked with Human Rights Watch in the Empire-State Building in New York to prepare the supervision of the Olympic Games by Human Rights Watch and later moved to Karnataka, India with the organisation to roll-out a youth-empowerment project that coordinated advocacy-exercises among young daughters of alcoholic parents in slumsSchwarz later founded mobile think tanks Startup Boats, an initiative dedicated to help and examine the issues of migrants. In this venture by Schwarz, innovators of different fields present prototype tech-based solutions for local challenges. Soon, she was able to grow severa; different solutions in the areas of healthcare, fin-tech, shelter innovation, connectivity, crisis management and mobility.

She was able to secure funding from a group of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and executives from Facebook, Lufthansa Innovation Hub, McKinsey, and other companies in a short amount of time. The accelerator's first solution, First-Contact.org, a pan-European website that provides essential information on where refugees may get food, shelter, medical treatment, and transportation. Later, Schwarz established Migration Hubs (migration-hub.com) co-working facilities where anyone working on crisis-related issues can work and make money. Startupboat Scouts also handle developments around tools in West Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, Startupboat set up an online incubation program to monitor the development of tools.

The above experiences for Schwarz were traumatizing but with her crew she managed to digitize refugee camps in Greece with partners like Facebook, Google and the United Nations Refugee Agency. Together with Cisco and local governments in Greece and Turkey, Schwarz co-founded the Refugee First Response Center (refugeefirstresponsecenter.eu) and the Migration Hubs, allowing refugees to maintain their dignity and enhance their skill sets.

In 2018, she founded the World Datanomic Forum, a social organization headquartered in Berlin and Los Angeles that aims at providing expert advice in politics, data security, the private economy, and social sciences fields. WDF and Natasha Schwarz collaborate closely with all UN institutions who aim to accelerate the implementation of the United Nations' Global Goals, which were agreed upon in 2015.

In 2019, Schwarz combined her initiatives into "The Cloud Nation"(www.mycloudnation.com). The mission of the Cloud Nation is to bring about "radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity as a whole" through incentivized competition and grassroots-innovation. It fosters high-profile competitions to motivate individuals, companies and organizations across all disciplines to work together beyond borders, and to develop innovative, tech-based solutions that can scale to help solve the world's grand collective challenges.

Rob Gonda

CEO of Dakia Digital

Rob Gonda is the CEO of Dakia Digital, a company driving social impact at scale and set to disrupt music, hospitality, entertainment, and health industries. Rob started and sold five companies and has led three large digital transformations at privately held, PE-backed, and public fortune companies; among others at McDonald’s, where he was chief digital officer and during his leadership the company tripled their market cap.

He’s a dynamic thought leader, faculty at the prestigious Singularity University, published author, Forbes columnist, frequent public speaker, sits on multiple boards, former digital chair for the 4A’s and the ARF, and featured in TV at Reuters and Bloomberg innovator series. Rob is currently involved with TED, Summit, and the UN attempting to bring exponential thinking and fix the world’s greater challenges. 

Holley Chant

Director Of Sustainability, Google Development Ventures at Lendlease

Holley Chant has spent over 20 years leading built environment sustainability projects that span governmental and commercial zones; including world-class sporting facilities; schools, hospitals, hotels, and housing developments; green roads, bridges and tunnels; corporate and municipal buildings; museums, zoos, and outdoor public amenities.  She blends a strong sense of mission for innovation with commercial pragmatism.  

Holley recently returned to the USA having spent 12+ years working in the Middle East. She has joined Lendlease where she isDirector of Sustainability on the Google Development Venture, the largest urban regeneration project in the United States.

Holley’s key prior roles include:

Director of Sustainability and Environment at Qiddiya, one of SaudiArabia’s ‘giga-projects.” Holley became the first female technical director for Qiddiya where she drove sustainability principles, strategy, and projects for ground-up development of a new city that will be the first in Saudi Arabia to offer sports facilities and opportunities for women as well as men. Qiddiya will employ 17,000 people at startup and cover 334 square kilometers.

Prior to joining Qiddiya, Holley was Executive Director of Corporate Sustainability at KEO International Consultants, a 2,500-person organization ranked in ENR’s Top 20 International Project Management Firms and BD World’s Top 100 Architecture firms. 

Other key experience in the GCC, was as Estidama Planning Manager at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council where Holley played an instrumental role in launching the GCC’s first mandatory sustainability compliance initiative. She created numerous educational series on the integrative design process for property developers, government authorities, and other individuals in the fundamentals of sustainable building design.

Holley has a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard Extension School where she was a guestlecturer for seven years. She was recently awarded the Globe Street 2021 Women of Influence Humanitarian Award. Previous awards include the Middle East Consultant Leader of the Year Award andthe Middle East Architect Principal of the Year award. She has acted as the Cityscape Global Real Estate Awards Sustainability Judge for seven years.

Brett Leonard

Co-Founder of VIRTUAL PSYCHEDELICS INC.

For over 25 years, Brett Leonard has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution - whether it be as Director/ Writer of the groundbreaking cult-classic film Lawnmower Man starring Pierce Brosnan, which introduced the concept of Virtual Reality to popular culture while being one of the most commercially successful independent films of all time, grossing over $200MM globally in all markets on a $5MM budget.  - Or being the first to pioneer modern stereoscopic techniques and photo-realistic CGI in his hit IMAX 3D film “T-Rex” (100MM on IMAX screens alone) - Or introducing American audiences to Russell Crowe in his film “Virtuosity” (which also starred Denzel Washington) and many other talents both in front of and behind the camera.  

 Brett’s work as a visionary Director/Producer/Futurist has always pushed the edge of innovation in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so with a project slate at his company Studio Lightship, co-founded with social media content pioneer Josh Shore, focused on creation of VX (Virtual eXperience) executed in a hybrid approach with Film and television. Studio Lightship is dedicated to defining a process and platform for truly interactive narrative VX StoryWorlds for the emerging era of Immersive Entertainment. 

 Brett has also recently co-founded a Medicinal Immersive Media company called VPI with world-renown clinical VR researcher Dr. Skip Rizzo along with his partner in Studio Lightship, Josh Shore and entrepreneur Billy Alfonso. VPi’s mission is to heal the human spirit through the use of Virtual eXperience behavioral therapy in concert with plant medicines.

 Brett recently directed the Hollywood feature film “Triumph”, starring Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard, star of the hit television series “Empire”, and RJ Mitte, star of the groundbreaking series “Breaking Bad”., “Triumph” will be released in 2021.

Bryan Talebi

CEO and Co-Founder of Ahura AI

Bryan Talebi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ahura AI, an innovative AI leader who has developed a powerful platform that fosters true learning and skills knowledge, to positively impact the lives of companies and their workforces worldwide. Talebi was born in the southeastern desert of Iran in a home with no running water or electricity. His family fled to Turkey where they lived in a refugee camp for several years and eventually made their way to the United States. Gifted beyond his years, he proceeded to teach himself quantum mechanics and quantum physics at the age of 12 and became one of the youngest engineers working for the NASA Goddard Space Center at the age of 16.

After college, a trip back to his childhood village in Iran reconnecting with childhood friends and observing that they had become illiterate sheepherders, he wondered, “How many people have been robbed of their potential to impact the world because they had not had access to education? Further, how do we make investments that create massive impact and affect billions of people to rapidly prepare for careers in the labor market of the future? We can start with innovation and machine learning.”
Talebi’s leadership roles in startup endeavors including Southwestern, Zocdoc, Sols, Bizzabo, and Vestorly has equipped him to lead Ahura AI’s pioneering way to advance learning 3 x 5 times faster, recognizing that everyone learns at a different cadence and at their best with different formats of education.

Along with innovation, Ahura AI’s vision is to embolden human purpose by creating technology to educate and position 10 times more of the world’s population to take on the most critical challenges in the 4th industrial revolution. Bryan is the co-founder of the Oasis community of impact CEO’s, impact investors, global experts, and celebrities that want to use their influence for good.

He is also Chairman of the Board for Neural Tunes that uses the Ahura platform to hyper-personalize music delivery to address depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Talebi is a Managing Director of AB+ Ventures

William Ruddick

Founder of Grassroots Economics Foundation

William (Will) Ruddick is a development economist focusing on currency innovation. After completing graduate school researching high energy physics as a collaboration member at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he found his analysis skills and passion drawn to alternative economics and development. Since 2008 Will has lived in East Africa and managed several successful development programs in environment, food security and economic development. He is dedicated to connecting communities to their own abundance, and is an advocate for, and designer of currencies for poverty eradication and sustainable development. Mr. Ruddick has pioneered Community Currency programs in Kenya since 2010 and is the founder of the award winning Sarafu and Bangla-Pesa programs. He consults on Community Currencies worldwide, has conducted research with the University of Cape Town's Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit and is an associate scholar with the University of Cumbria's Initiative for Leadership and Sustainability.

Salim Ismail

Co-Founder 

Salim is a sought-after business strategist, who presents globally to the leaders of many of the world’s largest companies and Heads of State.
He has been featured across a vast array of media outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, Fox Business and the BBC. Part of Salim’s magnetism is that he speaks from experience in transforming companies.
He is the Founder and Chairman of ExO Works and OpenExO, which help companies to implement the lessons from Exponential Organizations by emulating the world’s fastest growing companies. They inspire innovators to replace incremental innovation with 10X improvements, implement groundbreaking technologies and profitably achieve large-scale social impact. They have created billions of dollars of return on investment over the past 4 years for clients, including Procter & Gamble, HP, Visa, BHP, and Stanley Black & Decker.
Salim is a serial entrepreneur, having also founded technology companies including New York Grant Company, Confabb, PubSub Concepts, Fastrack Institute, and Ångströ, which was acquired by Google in 2010. He led Brickhouse, Yahoo!’s internal incubator and was the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University. He is a Board member of XPRIZE Foundation, Rokk3r Inc., Aion Advisory Board, and a General Partner of Rokk3r Fuel ExO Venture Fund. These associations give him extraordinary access to the most influential innovators of our time, plus technologies and business ideas while they are in stealth mode.
Salim’s quantum physics and philosophy education combined with his career experience gives him a uniquely macro vision of how the institutions that underpin our society and economy are broken and should be fixed. His entertaining, irreverent, epiphany-inducing presentations are known for impressing even the most skeptical listeners.

Jackie Raven Hart

Co-Founder 

Having worked in US on both coasts, Jackie has 25+ years of strategy and project management experience with large-scale Fortune 500 software development projects in the high-technology, biotech and financial sectors with market leading companies including Oracle, Microsoft, Genentech, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Bechtel to name a few.

Jackie has been immersed in the blockchain/digital currency space since 2017. During those early years, she launched, ZeroPoint. A balanced and effective way to create greater cohesion, trust and integrity among the nascent blockchain community. Jackie spends her time as a board member and advisor for several blockchain companies in the social impact space.
Jackie is currently Head of Corporate Development at OpenExo, Inc.

She has also spent the last 8 years in the regenerative sustainable community sector.
As a mother to five children, olympic level athlete, long time meditator and yogini, Jackie has mastered her skills as a diplomat, brilliant communicator who successfully brings great people and teams together, who have the deep intention to help transform the world.

Tudor Boloni

Co-Founder 

Tudor advises unique companies on Strategy. Past roles include Chief Investment Officer for HyperCluster Inc (formerly Startup City) and co-founder of the investment bank BAC in CEE, running +USD 20 bln in mandates for nuclear energy, fighter jet contracting, and HVDC infrastructure. Previously co-managed a USD 500 mln fund for Maple Securities USA. Founder of two machine learning startups using FPGAs. MBA NYU & London School of Econ.

David Traub, Ed.M

Co-Founder 

David has enjoyed 37 years pursuing his true path as a ‘scalable psychologist.’  Scalable psychology is the deployment of mass media (movies, TV, concerts, etc.) and technology (AI, AR, VR, etc.) in address to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: the pervasive lack of mental wellness. David’s impact in this space continues to expand as a global educator; a social impact media producer; an investor and venture catalyst; and as a speaker; philanthropist; board member and/or advisor to numerous startups; institutions; and multi-national corporations, NGOs and government entities across the planet.

David’s most recent social impact films to screen were Jobs (2014, Executive Producer) and Bronx Bull (2017 Co-Producer).  Drama, Drama is waiting distribution. His next movie to shoot is the NBA partnership Sweetwater (Nov 2021). Projects in developing include Rise (on our rising oceans), Lawnmower Man Reborn (working title), George Benson’s Give Me The Night, and the Beatle’s Circles. His first feature film was the Lawnmower Man (1992)(VR consultant, display graphics producer). David’s executive produced the games Promised Land (1996, Queensryche) and the award-winning On the Road with BB King. His most recent concerts as EP were Miami Rocks the Troops (2012), Unity For Vets (2011) and Unity for Peace (2010).  He is currently contributing to Music4ClimateJustice.org (Nov 2021 UN’s COP26 conference).

Current social impact projects include the non-profit Globalmentalwellness.org (premiered at the 2020 UN General Assembly and UN75th Roundtable), and the GCHFoundation.org, currently streaming health and wellness to 3m+ kids/week across 93 countries.

David has been speaking globally on the future of mental health, transmedia, venture and other topics since the mid-1980s, has been published more than 50 times as a media/tech journalist and venture writer, and is currently writing multiple books related to his life work (including: “17 Questions: The Ride of Your Life” and “Our Children’s Handbook for Pandemic Thriving.”

David earned his master’s in education in 1990 from Harvard University with a focus on optimizing mental health and economic development via immersive entertainment, simultaneously taking related class-work at both the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Business School. In 1984 he earned his undergraduate degrees in rhetoric and film with honors from the University of California at Berkeley.