The Aspen Institute Today Named the 2017 Class of Finance Leaders Fellows

June 6, 2017

Accomplished leaders from across the globe to apply finance for good

Contact: Jennifer Simpson
Managing Director
Finance Leaders Fellowship

Washington, DCJune 6, 2017 – The Aspen Institute today named the 2017 Class of its Finance Leaders Fellowship — 22 senior leaders who will participate in a two-year Fellowship designed to inspire them to take an active role in shaping the global finance industry’s future through values-based leadership.

Fellows represent various sectors within finance from around the world including pensions, endowments, regulation, banking, asset management, debt and equity investing, impact investing, credit card and operational finance, among others.

“We welcome these proven leaders who have reached a point where they want to leverage their platforms, ingenuity and networks to apply finance to some of society’s toughest challenges,” said Jennifer Simpson, managing director of the Finance Leaders Fellowship. “The Fellows bring a variety of experiences and viewpoints to the table; we at the Aspen Institute are prepared to help them to move from success to significance on a societal level,” said Peter Reiling, executive vice president of the Aspen Institute.

Launching its inaugural class in 2016, the Fellowship was co-founded by Henry Crown Fellow Ranji Nagaswami, CEO of Hirtle Callaghan and Christopher Varelas, Founding Partner of Riverwood Capital with founding sponsorship from CFA Institute and other generous individual donors.

The Finance Leaders Fellows will gather at four seminars over the course of two years to explore their own leadership, core values, desired legacies, and vision for the global finance industry. Each Fellow commits to take action by launching a leadership venture that will have a positive impact on the finance sector and society. The Finance Leaders Fellows join more than 2,500 other entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

The members of the 2017 Class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship are:

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Adam Wasserman, Head of Enforcement, NYSE Regulation/New York Stock Exchange, New York, NY

Aimee Thalia Sentmat de Grimaldo, President and General Manager, Banistmo, S.A., Panama City, Panama

Andreas Neuber, Group Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific, UBS AG, Hong Kong

Aparna Ramesh, CFO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA

Ben Way, CEO-Asia, Macquarie Group, Hong Kong

Carmichael Roberts, General Partner and Manager, Material Impact, North Bridge Venture Partners, Boston, MA

Cassandre Danoux, Partner, Ondra Partners, London, England

Daniel Draper, CFA, Managing Director and Global Head of Exchange Traded Funds, PowerShares by Invesco, Chicago, IL

Danielle Ullner, Operating Partner, PICO Partners, London, England

Danny Lee, CFA, Partner, Blue Pool Capital Limited, Hong Kong

Ee Fang Ng, Managing Director, Regional Head of Equity and Commodity Solutions, Maybank Group, Singapore/Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Isabelle Parker, Co-Founder, CFO, and COO, Summit Public Schools, Redwood City, CA

James Shipton, Executive Director, Program on International Financial Systems – Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

John M. Toomey, Jr., Managing Director, Executive Management Committee, HarbourVest Partners, LLC, Boston, MA

Kathleen Kimiko Phillips-Lohrmann, President and COO, Berens Capital Management, LLC, New York, NY

Marc Diaz, Managing Director, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA

Pavandeep Sethi, Chief Investment Officer, Managing Principal, Gladius Capital Management, Park City, UT

Saar Gur, General Partner, CRV, Palo Alto, CA

Sigal Shapira, CEO, Julius Baer Financial Services (Israel) Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel

Tilly Franklin, Director of Private Equity, Alta Advisers, London, England

Timothy Fazio, Cofounder and Managing Partner, Atlas Holdings, Greenwich, CT

Yolanda Daniel, Vice President, Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of more than 2,500 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Fellows are chosen to be part of one of 14 geographic or sector-specific initiatives around the world – each modeled after the Aspen Institute’s flagship Henry Crown Fellowship Program. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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