Advisors

 

Michelle Ashworth

Michelle is Head of Venture at the Church Commissioners for England, the Church of England’s investment fund, which she joined in December 2016. Michelle’s heads up all venture-related activities at the Church Commissioners but is primarily focused on building a portfolio of high-quality venture funds in the US, Europe, and Asia on behalf of the £7.9B investment fund. Michelle is also Venture Consultant to the CDC Group plc, the UK’s development finance institution, where she is advising on all venture related activities in both South Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the Church Commissioners for England, Michelle was Director of Fund Investments at venture fund-of-funds, VenCap International plc, where she built up a 17-year track record of investing in top tier venture funds in the US, Europe, and Asia. Michelle is an alumnus of INSEAD. She holds a Diploma in Financial Strategy from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. She received a Masters of Philosophy in Science degree in Pure Mathematics and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham.


Daniel E. Feder, CFA

Dan is a Managing Director with the University of Michigan Investment Office and leads the endowment’s investments in private equity and venture capital. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dan was the Managing Director of Private Markets at the Washington University Investment Management Company. Dan’s career in endowment management began at the Princeton University Investment Company where he led the development of Princeton’s global private equity and venture capital portfolio. Dan has also served as the Managing Director of Private Markets for the Sequoia Capital Heritage Fund (an endowment-style investment fund sponsored by Sequoia Capital) and as a Senior Investment Manager in the endowment services area at TIAA-CREF. Dan is a member the Board of Directors (and Investment Committee) for the UMass Foundation. Dan holds a B.A. cum laude in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, a J.D. cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, and an M.A. in Economics from Trinity College. He is a Fellow in the American College of Investment Counsel and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. 

 
 

Peter Laib

Peter is a Partner and investment committee member of YIELCO, a Munich-based investment management and advisory company that focuses on infrastructure and private debt investing. He is also Chairman of Diamond Asset Advisors, a Zurich-based advisor for investments in physical diamonds and financing solutions for the diamond industry. Prior to his current roles, Peter was a Managing Director, investment committee member, and shareholder of Adveq, a global private equity fund of funds. At Adveq, Peter co-led the firm’s venture capital investment program and was instrumental in establishing and growing the firm’s investment products, including launching and directing Adveq’s special situation/distressed investment program. Over his career, Peter has participated in more than 250 commitments to alternative fund managers globally. Peter has also held positions as a Principal in the strategy consulting unit of A. T. Kearney and operating positions at Robert Bosch GmbH and Siemens AG. He holds a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from the University of Augsburg in Germany, an M.A. in Economics from Wayne State University in Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from LMU University in Germany.


Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay is the founder of Rai 17, an independent platform engaged on a number of private capital projects. He most recently led the US private equity funds platform for CDPQ, a major Canadian pension fund. His experience there stretched beyond traditional fund investing and included deal origination and structuring, separately managed accounts, as well as close coordination with the firm’s direct private equity team. Prior to CDPQ, Sanjay headed Adveq’s US private equity platform across primary fund investing, secondary investing, and co-investing. Prior to Adveq, he was a leveraged finance investment banker at Lehman Brothers where he worked on a number of large and mid-sized buyout transactions. He was also an investment Associate at FLAG Capital where he invested in and monitored a portfolio of venture capital and private equity funds. Earlier in his career, he worked at a strategy consulting firm and an internet startup. He currently serves on the Strategy Board at Munich-based Yielco Investments AG. He was named as a 40-under-40 Top M&A Dealmaker in 2014. Sanjay holds a BS in Economics from George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 
 

David Kushner, CFA

David is a two-time member of AiCIO Magazine’s Power 100 list. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was the Chief Investment Officer at LACERA (Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association, a $49B public pension trust), from 2011-2015, and served from 2001-2011 as Chief Investment Officer at San Francisco City & County Employees’ Retirement System. Before becoming a CIO, David served as Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager - US Equities for ING Investment Management (now Voya Financial), where he was an integral part of the team that created the Institutional Asset Management and Mutual Fund platforms for the organization. Before joining ING David managed his own Investment Advisory firm where, in 1990, he implemented a process he created while serving as Sr. Equity Portfolio Manager at the Florida State Board of Administration, 1983 to 1989. David received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Bruce Feldman

Bruce is an independent consultant focused on investment and legal education with over thirty years’ experience in both law and finance. After beginning his career as an attorney in a large private practice, Bruce joined the Executive Offices of Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey as a policy advisor and director of drug policy. From there, Bruce spent nearly a decade as deputy chief counsel for investments of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System. This led to his eleven-year tenure as managing director of the Pennsylvania SERS $6B private equity portfolio. Bruce holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Counseling from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Biology from Albright College. Bruce also served as a military radio operator and a military intelligence analyst, and was deployed on a NATO peace-keeping mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.