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Founder, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Investment Officer, ARK Invest
Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. As Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) and Portfolio Manager, Cathie led the development of ARK’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions.
Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which in 2000, managed approximately $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.
Cathie has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets. In 2018, editors at Bloomberg acknowledged Cathie by selecting her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people across business, entertainment, finance, politics, technology, and science who have defined global business. Additionally, Fortune named Cathie to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide: The Best Investing Advice for 2019 From Fortune’s Experts. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. Cathie also has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (China) in 2016 & 2017, the World Strategic Forum (Miami) in 2017, The Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference (Australia) in 2018 and 2019, and Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in 2017 and Global Summit in 2019.
In 2018, Cathie launched the Duddy Innovation Institute at her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. The institute offers a challenging educational experience for young women eager to stretch their learning beyond the boundaries of traditional acquisition of knowledge, while influencing a new way of thinking and learning throughout campus.
*The Adviser did not pay a fee to be considered for or granted any awards. The Adviser did not pay a fee or was required to be a member of an organization to be invited as a speaker at any of the noted events. For full Award Disclosure please go to our Terms & Conditions page. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Board Member, Transparency Global
Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments, Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Christyl Johnson joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as the Deputy Center Director for Technology and Research Investments on December 6, 2010. She is responsible for formulating the Center’s future science and technology strategies and goals, and developing an integrated program of research and development investments aligned to meet those goals. Her portfolio also includes all strategic domestic and international partnership and commercial technology transfer activities for the Center. Dr. Johnson also shares responsibility for executive leadership and management of Goddard, one of the largest engineering, science and project management facilities in the country, with an annual budget of ~$5B and about 10,000 employees.
Dr. Johnson came to NASA Goddard from a detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she served under the President’s Science Advisor as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), which is the principal means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the Federal research and development enterprise. Dr. Johnson was responsible for ensuring the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas across the executive branch, including basic science, technology, energy, environment, natural resources, and homeland and national security.
Prior to joining the White House staff, Dr. Johnson served as the Assistant Associate Administrator of NASA. In this role, she and the Associate Administrator provided the oversight of the agency’s technical mission areas and field center operations for the 10 NASA centers.
Dr. Johnson came to the Office of the Administrator from the Office of the Chief Engineer, where she served as the Deputy Chief Engineer for Program Integration and Operations. There, she provided an integrated focus for the development, maintenance, and implementation of agency engineering and program/project management policies, standards, and practices.
Prior to her appointment to the Office of the Chief Engineer, Dr. Johnson served as the Associate Director for Exploratory Missions in the Office of Earth Science, where she managed the formulation and development for all Earth Exploratory Missions. The missions that she managed included QuikToms, GRACE, CLOUDSAT, CALIPSO, DSCOVR/Triana, AQUARIUS, HYDROS, and OCO, and involved mission development activities at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center and the on-site locations of several international and industry partners.
Dr. Johnson began her career at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in 1985 in the Remote Sensing Technology Branch where she designed and built laser systems for advanced remote sensing of the atmosphere. In 1991, she became the program manager and lead engineer of the Diode-Pumped Cr:LiSAF Technology Development Program. In this role she established several initiatives, one of which was an industry and NASA collaboration to build an efficient Differential Absorption Lidar for remote sensing of H2O vapor. Under this program, Dr. Johnson delivered the first tunable diode-pumped Cr: LiSAF laser system to achieve 33 mJ. This achievement was highlighted internationally, and Dr. Johnson was invited to collaborate with scientists at Los Alamos National Labs, using this laser system for three weeks of field measurements in the desert of New Mexico. Dr. Johnson also established a state-of-the-art laboratory for stress optic coefficient measurement of laser crystals, and utilized this laboratory to provide the science community and laser industry with the first stress optic coefficients for the Cr:LiSAF laser material. Dr. Johnson held a variety of project management and senior engineering positions at Langley involved in the design, development, and application of state-of-the-art and advanced systems and subsystems for atmospheric, aeronautic and space flight research missions.
Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. Her PhD research involved establishing environmental life cycle cost elements to be included in future analyses to aide decision-makers as they assess the viability of alternative “green” fuels to replace the current toxic fuels used in space and aeronautic flight systems.
Board Member, Transparency Global
Co-founder and Chairman, OpenExO
Salim is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations and has been building disruptive digital companies as a serial entrepreneur since the early 2000s.
As a prolific speaker, Salim gives more than 150 talks a year to audiences of all sizes around the world. He has been profiled across a vast array of media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC.
Salim is a sought-after strategist and a renowned technology entrepreneur who built and sold his company to Google.
Board Member, Transparency Global
General Counsel, Labelbox
Nathana O’Brien Sharma is General Counsel at Labelbox, a leading artificial intelligence software company backed by Andreeson Horowitz, B Capital – Boston Consulting Group’s venture fund, Kleiner Perkins, First Round and Gradient – Google’s AI focused venture fund. Nathana is Faculty at Singularity University in artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the future of law and governance. She advises companies and governments on the application of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence
Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.
Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University’s 2012 Global Solutions Program.
Board Member, Transparency Global
CEO, OODA, LLC
Matt began his professional career in 1995 hacking into systems for the US Department of Defense and Intelligence Community and over the past twenty-five years has emerged as an established leader in the cybersecurity and technology domains. Matt is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of OODA LLC, a global strategic advisory firm with deep DNA in global security, technology, and intelligence issues. Matt helps clients identify, manage, and respond to global risks and uncertainties while exploring emerging opportunities and developing robust and adaptive strategies for the future. He also holds several director and advisory board positions.
A successful entrepreneur, he has founded several companies including FusionX & the Terrorism Research Center and played a key leadership role in a handful of successful companies including Accenture, iSIGHT Partners, iDefense, and Tulco Holdings. He has served as a senior advisor to DoD, a professor at Georgetown and Columbia Universities, and is a member of the Black Hat review board. Matt’s unique approach to technology, business, and security issues is driven by a technique he calls “HACKthink” – applying a hacker mindset to analyze and dissect complex problems and develop innovative solutions.
Matt has appeared on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBC, CBS News, BBC television, Australian television and dozens other domestic and international radio and television programs as an expert on terrorism and cybersecurity and has lectured or published for the National Defense University, the United States Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities, the Swedish, Australian, Japanese, and New Zealand governments, American University, George Washington University, and a number of popular press books – magazines, academic journals and over 250 international conferences.
CEO and Co-Founder, Transparency Global
Dr. Knight is the Co-Founder and CEO of Transparency Global, a company with a mission to accelerate the world’s adoption of transparency.
Dr. Knight’s experience spans both academia and industry. As an academic, he has been a finance professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University. Over the last three decades, Dr. Knight has made a significant impact on thousands of students’ lives, showing them the value of attaining finance knowledge.
Seeing the vast need to provide even more exposure to finance education, Dr. Knight developed the Financial Analyst Program (FAP) at Florida Atlantic University. The FAP trained and extended finance job opportunities to people of diverse backgrounds and experience levels that they would not have had access to otherwise. He successfully ran the FAP for 8 years, providing its students with the necessary skillsets to launch their finance careers. Lastly, Dr. Knight co-authored Principles of Finance, a digital finance textbook on Rice University’s OpenStax digital learning platform, which will be given away to universities and colleges for free.
In industry, Dr. Knight’s background is varied. As a consultant, he was part of a team advising a sovereign government on the restructuring of its financial sector after a financial crisis, providing positive impact for the nation. He helped to manage the sale of a USD $1billion ($40 billion local currency value) mortgage loan portfolio. Dr. Knight’s other consulting roles have included financial strategy and analytics, investment strategy development, valuation, and due diligence. He has advised public and private companies, family offices, private equity firms, emerging manager hedge funds, and start-ups.
Dr. Knight has been the CIO of a fund of hedge funds and the co-founder and COO of a hedge fund. He has been a regular speaker or moderator at hedge fund industry conferences on varied topics such as institutional due diligence, counter party risk, and the cost of regulation on alternatives.
He is a member of the CFA Institute, and former director and currently a member of the CFA Society of South Florida. He has also been an instructor for Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in the area of fixed income analysis.
Dr. Knight is a former co-chair of the Financial Advisory Task Force and member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and a board member of the Florida Alternative Investment Association (FLAIA).
Dr. Knight has a PhD in finance from Florida Atlantic University with a specialization in IPO performance and valuation.
Founder and Chairman, Transparency Global
Paul is the Founder and Chairman of Transparency global, a company with a mission to accelerate the world’s adoption of transparency. Businesses adopting transparency represents one of the greatest opportunities to improve the well-being of people and the planet.
Paul A. Pagnato is also Founder PagnatoKarp and Co-Chairman Cresset, a top multi-family office and private wealth management firm with over $21 billion assets under management.¹ Paul is a Barron’s and Forbes top advisor with 30 years of industry leadership, ranked #1 in Virginia on Forbes Top Wealth Advisors and #2 in Virginia on Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors lists.¹ Paul has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, Reuters, and CNN, and is an international speaker through Singularity University.
Paul began his career as a microbiologist working collaboratively with NASA and McDonnell Douglas to search for life in outer space. When he joined the financial industry, he spent 19 years with Merrill Lynch where he founded the Washington, D.C. Private Banking & Investment Office before founding PagnatoKarp, a family office created squarely on the principles of innovation and transparency.
Paul is author of Transparency Wave: Exponential Changes That Will Transform Our World and is a champion of exponential technologies that are shaping the future. His biggest passion is giving back and believes Transparency® is the key, empowering organizations aimed at improving literacy, longevity, humanity and wealth.
Paul is Advisory Council member for Stanford Center on Longevity and Board Member for CFA Society of Washington, DC. Paul is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and The Executive Program at Singularity University.
Cresset Asset Management LLC an SEC registered investment advisor, also conducting business as PagnatoKarp, provides investment advisory, family office, and other services to individuals, families, and institutional clients.
¹as of 12/31/21