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FSI Advisory Board

Philip W. Halperin

FSI Advisory Board Chair

Silver Giving Foundation
San Francisco, CA

Philip Halperin earned his A.B. in Political Science at Stanford University in 1984 and his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Phil is President of the Silver Giving Foundation. Founded in 1998 by Philip and Maurine Halperin, the Silver Giving Foundation is a charitable entity looking to make a difference. Silver Giving's mission is to better the lives and prospects of at-risk children by affording them increased and more accessible educational opportunities. The foundation primarily works with organizations in the fields of literacy and academic enrichment operating in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to devoting all his time and energy to the non-profit sector in 2004, Phil enjoyed a seventeen year career in finance. Phil formerly was a General Partner at Weston Presidio, a private equity investment firm. At Weston Presidio, Phil focused on information technology, consumer branding, telecommunications and media. Phil also previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Montgomery Securities.

Phil is Chairman of the San Francisco School Alliance Foundation Board, which supports the public schools in San Francisco. Phil also currently serves on the boards of The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, The National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University and University High School. Phil lives with his wife and three children in San Francisco.

Tarek AbuZayyad

Stanhope Capital
London, UK

Mr. AbuZayyad is a partner at Stanhope Capital, an independent wealth management firm based in London and dedicated to families. He has over 15 years experience in M&A, private equity/venture capital and asset management. He was previously a managing director at Berggruen Holdings, a family office/private equity firm and prior to that a director in M&A/Corporate Finance at Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette both in New York and London.

Mr. AbuZayyad is currently a director of Lorne Stewart plc, Mood Media Group SA, Asquith Day Nurseries Ltd, Playfish Ltd and Blossom M&C Ltd.

He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB Economics from Stanford University.

Antoinette Addison

The Olive Oil Source, LLC & Figueroa Farms Olive Mills and Orchards

Santa Ynez, California

Antoinette Nahmias Addison was born in France and earned a M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Sciences from Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie de Montpellier and Institut National Agronomique de Paris-Grignon where she graduated first in her class. She came to Stanford University in 1980 where she received a Ph.D. from the Food Research Institute.

Antoinette and her husband Shawn Addison own and manage The Olive Oil Source, LLC, the main supplier to the United States olive oil industry of everything from bottle spouts to industrial olive mills. They also founded Figueroa Farms Olive Mills and Orchards in 2002, where they grow organic olive trees and make and market a line of extra virgin olive oils as well as offering olive oil milling, orchard management, and consulting services to the California olive oil industry. Prior to moving to Santa Ynez, Antoinette was the Director of University Budget Management and Auxiliaries at Stanford University after having held various finance and budget related positions at Stanford. She was also the President of Pacific Land Acquisitions, a real estate development corporation.

She served as director on the boards of the Stanford Federal Credit Union; of SFIP, a privately held international corporation involved in oil exploration and production, chemical storage, and real estate development in France, Italy, Spain, Canada, and the U.S.; of Petrorep Resources, Ltd, a public corporation involved in oil exploration and production in Canada, traded on the Toronto Exchange; and of A.K. Landscape, Inc., a California landscaping and irrigation business. She also served on the boards of the John Ernest Foundation and was a member of the Stanford Athletic Board.

Felicity Barringer

National Correspondent (Environment)
The New York Times

Felicity Barringer covers the environment for the National desk of the New York Times. Prior to that she was the media reporter, covering the newspaper industry, the rise of online news, and the economic and journalistic developments in the news business. Barringer joined The New York Times as a contributing correspondent in Moscow in 1986, reporting on the political and cultural upheavals of the Gorbachev era. From 1989 through June 1993, Barringer covered demographics and social policy from Washington. From August 1993 through March 1995, she was deputy editor of The Week in Review. She has also written for Columbia Journalism Review, Art News, The New York Times Book Review, and The New York Times Magazine. She is also the author of the book, Flight from Sorrow, a biographical study of a survivor of Nazi Germany and the camps of Stalin’s Soviet Union, published by Atheneum in 1984.

Steven J. Buckley

Founding Partner

Innova Capital

Warsaw, Poland

Steven J. Buckley is a Founding Partner of Innova Capital. Innova has advised five investment funds in Central Eastern Europe, dating from 1994.

From 1990-2009, Mr. Buckley resided in Warsaw, Poland, where he first advised the Polish Government on early privatization programs, then co-founded Company Assistance Ltd (CAL), one of Poland's leading market research firms, and finally established Innova Capital in 1994. Prior to that, he worked with the consulting firms Bain & Company, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Buckley holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA (with Honors) from Stanford University. He has lectured at the University of Colorado and at the Krems Business School in Austria, and has published articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and The Denver Post. He recently coordinated the creation of a Harvard Business School case on Innova Capital. He was a founding member of the Warsaw Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. 

Michael H. Choo

Managing Partner
Frontier Ridge Capital LP
New York, NY

Michael Choo is Managing Partner of Frontier Ridge Capital LP, a privately-held investment firm focusing on global distressed investments and special situations. Prior to founding Frontier Ridge Capital, Mr. Choo was with Atticus Capital, LLC, and previously with W.L. Ross & Co. and Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations investing group in Asia. Mr. Choo was previously a Trustee of Stanford University and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Korean American League for Civic Action, Inc.

Mr. Choo received his B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Lisa Cirenza

London, England

Lisa Cirenza is a professional artist specialising in digital and oil based multi-media work. Formerly an analyst in Oil & Gas Corporate Finance at Goldman Sachs, and a management consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton; Lisa has an MA in international policy studies and a BS in applied earth sciences, both from Stanford University.  Additional academic studies include work at the Ecole de Sciences Politiques, the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, and The Prince’s Drawing School. She was also a professor of English composition at Kean University, and co-author of The Power of Ice, a young adult survey about field research in glaciology. 

She is an avid Stanford volunteer and is a member of the Stanford Parents' Advisory Board, the Stanford Parents Group, a founding member of Stanford OVAL UK, and is a Stanford Associate. She is a board member of the Stanford Alumni Club of Great Britain and is on the Stanford School of Earth Sciences Advisory Board.

Her other NGO work includes being on the London Board of Human Rights Watch, on the Global Leadership Council for Seeds of Peace, and on the development committee for the Foundation for Glaciological and Environmental Research.

Lisa lives in London, England, with her husband Peter Cirenza. They have four grown children.

Kenneth M. deRegt

Chief Risk Officer
Morgan Stanley
New York, NY

Mr. deRegt is Chief Risk Officer at Morgan Stanley. Previously, he was a senior advisor of Aetos Capital, providing oversight in areas of investment strategy, overall operations and risk management.

Prior to joining Aetos Capital in January 2003, Mr. deRegt headed the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities businesses for Morgan Stanley. He was a member of the Firm's Management Committee and had a variety of responsibilities relating to different Fixed Income businesses, including the Firm's Government Securities business and certain international businesses.

Mr. deRegt is a graduate of Stanford University. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Eagle Hill School. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of PASE - The Partnership for After School Education.

Susan Ford Dorsey

The Sand Hill Foundation

Susan Ford Dorsey is President of the Sand Hill Foundation, a family foundation established by the Ford family in 1995. As President, Mrs. Dorsey directs the philanthropic activities of the foundation including proposal review, site visits and program evaluation.

Prior to the creation of the Sand Hill Foundation, Mrs. Dorsey was the founder and President of health Innovations (founded in 1984), a health care consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning and marketing. In this capacity she worked with such notable clients as University Hospitals of Cleveland, Hospital Corporation of America and Marin General Hospital.

Mrs. Dorsey received her B.A. in Cellular Biology from the University of California, San Diego and her M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Currently, Mrs. Dorsey serves on the board of the following organizations: Peninsula Community Foundation (term ended 2005), Peninsula Open Space Trust (current chair), Phillips Brooks School, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, School of Humanities and Sciences Advisory Board (Chair), and Center for a New Generation (Advisory Board of Boys and Girls Club).

Mrs. Dorsey is married to Michael Dorsey and has three children, Jenny, Alison and Tommy. 

William H. Draper III

Draper Richard
San Francisco, CA

William Draper received his B.A. from Yale University, and his M.B.A from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

With over thirty years of experience, Mr. Draper is one of America's first venture capitalists. Mr. Draper is currently Managing Director of Draper Richards, a private venture capital company, and Draper International, a limited partnership that makes equity investments in private companies with operations in India. During his twenty years as the founder and senior partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, a leading venture capital firm in the United States, Mr. Draper helped to organize and finance several hundred high technology manufacturing companies.

He served from 1981 to 1986 as President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In 1986, he became the head of the world's largest source of multilateral development grant assistance, the United Nations Development Program.

Mr. Draper currently serves on the boards of the Atlantic Council, Hoover Institution, and the United Nations Association-USA. He formerly served as the Chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Chairman of the Institute of International Education, as a Trustee of Yale University and as Chairman of the Board of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University. Mr. Draper has also served as a director of several software and computer companies.

Bradford M. Freeman

General Partner
Freeman Spogli & Co. Incorporated
Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Freeman is a General Partner of Freeman Spogli & Co., a private equity firm formed in 1983 with offices in Los Angeles and New York devoted exclusively to investing together with management in growing companies. Since its founding, Freeman Spogli & Co. has organized the acquisition of 42 companies with aggregate transaction values in excess of $16 billion.

Mr. Freeman received his AB degree, with distinction, in economics from Stanford University in 1964 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966. Upon graduation, he began his investment banking career with Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. in Los Angeles. From 1975 to 1976, he ran the firm’s international operations in London. In 1976, he returned to Los Angeles and became managing director of the firm’s southern division corporate department and a member of the board of directors of the firm.

Born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota, Mr. Freeman attended Stanford on a football scholarship. He is currently a Board member of Edison International (Southern California Edison) and CB Richard Ellis. Besides his business activities, he serves on the Boards of Trustees of The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, DC and served as Trustee of Stanford University from 1995 - 2005.

His daughter, Lisa Baskin, graduated from Skidmore College in 1998 and is currently married and living in Los Angeles with her husband and four young children.

In 2005, he and his partner Ron Spogli endowed the Stanford Institute of International Studies with a $50 million gift that resulted in the naming of FSI &emdash; The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford.

Ingrid von Mangoldt Hills

Woodside, CA

Ingrid Hills was born and raised in Cologne, West Germany, and received her degree in English from the University of Cambridge. She continued her education with studies at the Alliance Française in Paris.

Ms. Hills has been active in radio broadcasting for KFRC/Magic 61 and in television reporting for KTVU/Channel 2. She is involved in community affairs as a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet. She is on the Dean's Advisory Council at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and is a former trustee of the International Visitors Center and of the Child Abuse Prevention Society. She is also a former member of the Exhibition/Special Projects Committee of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

In 1989 Ms. Hills, recognizing the important contributions of Raisa Gorbachev to the development of democratic principles in the Soviet Union, founded Friends of Raisa Gorbachev, a group that funded a visiting fellowship in economics at the Institute for International Studies in 1991 to 1993. She is the founder and former director of The Hills Project from 1992 to 2004, a visual and performing arts program for inner-city youth in grades K through 8.

She is the president of The Edward E. Hills Fund, a charitable family foundation.

Lawrence G. Kemp

Managing Director
UBS Global Asset Management

Lawrence Kemp is Head of Large Cap Growth Equities, Senior Portfolio Manager, at UBS Global Asset Management. Previously, Mr. Kemp was Director of Large Cap Growth Equity Research. Before his move to the Large Cap Growth Equity capability, he has held other responsibilities for the firm including Co-Head of Global Credit Research and Head of High Yield Research, Head of Asset Allocation in Fixed Income, and Senior Investment Strategist in North America. Prior to UBS, Mr. Kemp traded grain for Continental Grain Company.

Mr. Kemp received his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

William J. McKenna

President, CEO, and Principal
Footprint Retail Services
Palo Alto, CA

Bill is currently the President, CEO, and principal of Footprint Retail Services, a third party logistics management firm he acquired from The Hub Group (NASDAQ: HUBG) and sold to a private equity firm in 2007. Prior to that, Bill founded Integrated Merchandising Systems, LLC, a leading provider of visual advertising and promotional materials serving many of the best known global brands. Bill sold this business to the Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) in 2001. Bill started his career as a corporate transactions lawyer with Bell Boyd & Lloyd in Chicago.

Bill serves on the advisory board of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The Institute is Stanford’s principal policy center for addressing major international issues and challenges. He is also the founder and President of the Will Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation focused on funding research for certain metabolic disorders. Bill is also a member of the boards of Children’s Memorial Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Foundation in Chicago, as well as the Pathways Awareness Foundation.

Bill has earned an MA from Stanford University in International Policy, both an MM and JD from Northwestern University and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame where he was a Notre Dame Scholar.

Ali Ojjeh

Managing partner
The Capital Partnership (Ltd)

Ali Ojjeh is the managing partner of The Capital Partnership (Ltd), which he cofounded in 1998. Mr. Ojjeh brings an extensive understanding of the financial markets with specific expertise in the energy and technology sectors. He is the chair of the firm’s executive and investment committees.

Prior to cofounding TCP, he worked in various departments at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, including Equity Research, Equity Trading, Equity Proprietary Trading and Principal Investments. In 1996, he relocated to Morgan Stanley in London where he managed client portfolios at Morgan Stanley Asset Management.

Mr. Ojjeh is a director of several TCP companies. In addition, he has been recently appointed by creditor banks as a director of Global Investment House in Kuwait, a regional investment company undergoing a reorganization. In addition to serving on FSI’s advisory board, he is also a member of the advisory board at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Ojjeh holds a B.Sc. in Financial Economics from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from Stanford Business School. He received the "Best article of the year" award from the Wharton Journal in 1988.

Mr. Ojjeh possesses a Series 7 NASD Registration and has been approved by the FSA under section 59 of FSMA to perform certain controlled functions for TCP UK.

Kenneth E. Olivier

Dodge & Cox
San Francisco, CA

Mr. Olivier graduated from Stanford University in 1974. He received a J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1977 and his M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business Administration in 1979. He is a past president of the Security Analysts of San Francisco, a member of the American Bar Association and the California Bar Association. Mr. Olivier joined Dodge & Cox in 1979. He is a Trustee of the Dodge & Cox Funds. Mr. Olivier is a shareholder of the firm, a Chartered Investment Counselor, and holds the CFA designation.

Ken serves on the board of the Hillsborough School Foundation. He and his wife Angela Nomellini established the Olivier/Nomellini Family Scholarship in athletics a few years ago, and most recently pledged a University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, which is held by Chip Blacker.

Philip G. Satre

Chairman of the Board, NV Energy, Inc.

Phil Satre retired from Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. in January, 2005, having served as the company’s Chairman of the Board since January, 1997. He joined the company in 1980 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at a time when the company had just two Nevada casinos and a casino under development in Atlantic City. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Harrah’s gaming division in 1984 and to the company’s board in 1988. In 1994, he became CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. and, in 1997, he was elected Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining Harrah’s, Satre was an attorney with Vargas & Barlett in Reno, Nevada.

Satre is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a J.D. from the University of California at Davis. He attended the Senior Executive Development Program at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management in 1982. Satre has been given many honors and awards during his career including being elected by the AGA to the Gaming Hall of Fame, awarded the East Coast Gaming Congress Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Summit. Satre has been named Gaming Executive of the Year by the Casino Journal and selected as Best Chief Executive in the Casino and Hotel Industries by the Wall Street Journal.

Among his many business, charitable and civic organizations, Satre is Chairman of the National Center For Responsible Gaming (NCRG) and serves on the boards of TABCORP Holdings, Ltd. (Australia), Rite Aid Corporation, the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Nevada Cancer Institute, the National D-Day Museum, and the University of California at Davis School of Law Alumni Association. His other board service in recent years included the American Gaming Association, the Stanford University Athletic Board, the Business Roundtable and the UNLV Foundation.

Ambassador Ronald P. Spogli

Chief Executive Officer
Freeman Spogli & Co. Incorporated
Los Angeles, CA

A California native, Ambassador Spogli received his A.B. in history from Stanford University in 1970 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He earned an MBA degree at Harvard Business School in 1975. Having lived and worked abroad in Florence and Milan for two years during his time at Stanford, be became fluent in Italian and developed a keen interest in international affairs.

He is the former United States Ambassador to the Italian Republic and to the Republic of San Marino. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 30, 2005 and served until February 6, 2009. In 2008, he received the Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, the only honor given by the State Department to a political appointee ambassador.

In 1983, together with Bradford M. Freeman, Spogli founded Freeman Spogli & Co., one of the leading middle market private equity investors in the United States. Ambassador Spogli has served on the board of directors of over twenty different companies and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Public Storage, a Fortune 500 real estate investment trust (NYSE:PSA). In addition, Ambassador Spogli is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust. He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Innogest, a venture capital fund based in Turin, Italy.

Ambassador Spogli is a champion of international studies and dedicated supporter of Stanford University, where he has endowed two university positions: the Gesue and Helen Spogli Professorship in Italian Studies and The Spogli Family Overseas Studies Director position at the Florence, Italy campus.

Ambassador Spogli served on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board from 2002 until 2005.

Diane Stewart Board MemberDiane Stewart

Principal, DLS International Legal
London, UK

Diane Stewart is an attorney, international legal consultant, social impact investor and human rights advocate. Her practice focuses on providing external general counsel services to private US and international companies and advising private equity and social impact investors.

Her 20+ years of experience in Europe, China, Asia and the US has included representing Fortune 500 companies, state-owned entities, private funds, start-ups, as well as nonprofits, in a broad range of transactions and general corporate matters. Ms Stewart’s previous positions include Partner of the international law firm of Coudert Brothers in its San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore offices, and Director of Strategic M&A Development for the Norwegian telecom Telenor in Southeast Asia.

Ms Stewart co-founded the Stanford Women’s Network UK and is active on the leadership committee of Stanford OVAL UK. She also serves as a UK trustee of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, and as an advisor to the Dhillon-Marty Foundation.

She received her A.B. from Stanford University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She is admitted to the bars of California and New York and has qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

She resides in London with her husband David Zezza and their two children.

Diana Strandberg

Senior Vice President and Director of International Equity
Dodge and Cox
San Francisco, CA

Diana Strandberg is Senior Vice President and Director of International Equity at Dodge and Cox, an investment management firm in San Francisco; with $175 billion of assets under management (as of December 31, 2011.)    

She has been with the company since 1988.

Diana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa); and received her M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School in 1986. 

Diana currently is on the Board of Directors for Dodge and Cox; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts; is a member of the Executive Committee for Russell 20-20; and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.   

Diana and her husband, Steven Strandberg, live in San Francisco and have two sons.  


J. Fred Weintz, Jr.

New York, NY

J. Fred Weintz was born in New York City and attended Norwich University. After stateside service in the U.S. Army's Air Forces during World War II- as a radio operator and mechanic on B-26 medium bombers-he received his A.B. in economics from Stanford University in 1948 and his M.B.A. from Harvard.

Mr. Weintz spent the majority of his career at Goldman Sachs Group, L.P., in New York City. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1951 and served as a general partner, responsible for marketing investment banking services, from 1965 to 1984.

Currently, Mr. Weintz is a trustee of Norwich University and chair of the investment committee; trustee, Harbor Lights Foundation; fellow, Foreign Policy Association; member, Advisory Council for Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health; trustee, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, New York City; and Trustee, National Lighthouse Museum, Staten Island, N.Y. An active Stanford volunteer, Mr. Weintz served on the Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1995 and has been on the Stanford in Washington Council since 1990. In 1992 he received the university's prestigious Gold Spike Award for his volunteer fundraising service. In 2001, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Financial Management from Norwich University.

Karen D. Zukerman

New York, NY

Karen Zukerman received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1970 and an M.A. in Anthropology/Archeology from New York University.

Ms. Zukerman is a Trustee of Earthwatch Institute, an international environmental volunteer organization, which engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment; serves on The Council of Fellows at The Morgan Library and The Board of Governors of the Off-the–Record Lecture Series (OTR) of The Foreign Policy Association in New York; and served on Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation Advisory Board. Karen previously worked as an archeologist with research and field experience in North American archeology.

Karen and her husband, Morris E. Zukerman, live in New York City. They have three grown daughters.

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