Anton Levy, StreetWise Partners Board Chairman, General Atlantic
Anton Levy is a Managing Director and Global Head of Internet & Technology at General Atlantic, based in the firm’s New York office. He serves on the firm’s Investment and Executive Committees and co-chairs the Human Resources Committee. Since joining GA in 1998, Anton has worked on investments around the globe and across various sectors and currently manages a number of GA’s investments in the internet, marketing services, and media areas. He is currently on the board of directors of Squarespace, OneCountry, Klarna, and Red Ventures, and serves as a board observer for Airbnb, Meituan and Uber. Anton is a former director of prior GA investments including AKQA, Dice Holdings, Mercado Libre, Network Solutions, Web.com, Gilt Groupe, and Zantaz Corporation. He also led the firm’s investments in Alibaba Group, Facebook, and Snap. Before joining GA, Anton was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on the technology sector. He is involved with several educational and nonprofit organizations and serves as chairman of Streetwise Partners. Anton is also a trustee of WNYC (New York Public Radio) and the University of Virginia’s Endowment (UVIMCO). He graduated with a B.S. in commerce with degrees in finance and computer science from the University of Virginia and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Anton graduated with highest honors from both universities.
Brian Korb, StreetWise Partners Board Vice Chairman, Swellbox
Brian is a Founder/CEO of Swellbox, a digital health company providing lifetime health record accounts for university students. Prior to Swellbox, Brian was a Co-Founder of Glocap, a technology enabled recruiting platform. Glocap was rated “Best of the Web” by Forbes, and grew to one of the largest recruiting companies in NYC (Crains ranking). He has appeared as an expert on CNBC and Reuters, as well as an invited speaker at Harvard, Stanford and Wharton business schools. Prior to Glocap, Brian worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank, and graduated with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Durraj Tase, StreetWise Partners Treasurer, DT Investments LLC
Durraj Tase is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of DT Investments LLC. In the past 25 years, Durraj has held many senior roles in the capital markets and private wealth management. Most recently he was Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in New York. Prior to that, Durraj built the Capital Markets business at U.S. Trust Private Wealth Management. Durraj was a key member of a number of cross organizational committees, including investment strategy, product strategy and the concentrated stock group. Prior to joining U.S. Trust in December 2005, Durraj was a Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for Latin America at the Citigroup Private Bank. In that position he was responsible for all securities sales for private banking and client trading activity. During his 13 years at Citigroup, Durraj was also Head of Foreign Exchange for U.S. and Latin America in the private clients division. Prior to his move to the Private Bank, Durraj was a currency and proprietary trader for Citibank in Bahrain, Toronto and New York. From 1988 to 1992 he served as currency trader at British Bank of the Middle East in Dubai. Durraj earned his Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Pune, India. He has previously passed series 7, 66 and 24 securities exams and is currently registered in NJ as an Investment Advisor Representative. He lives in Midland Park, NJ with his wife. Durraj enjoys participating in long distance running and the game of cricket.
Tazia Smith, StreetWise Partners Board Secretary, Deutsche Bank
Tazia is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank within the firm’s Key Client Partners group providing private placement opportunities, structured credit solutions, and cross-asset execution for family office clients. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Tazia spent seven years with Goldman Sachs in a similar role, and she began her career in Citigroup’s private bank, focused on business development, relationship management, and portfolio modeling. Tazia holds her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. Tazia’s involvement with StreetWise Partners began in 2005. She volunteered as a mentor in the PwC adult program for four cycles. In 2007, Tazia joined the StreetWise Partners Junior Board, of which she served as Co-Chair from 2008-2012, before being elected to the StreetWise Board of Directors in 2014.
Rahul Advani, StreetWise Partners Founder, Energy Capital Partners
Rahul, a Founder and a former Chairman of StreetWise Partners, is a Partner of Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm with over $13 billion of capital commitments, which he joined at the firm’s inception in 2005. Previously, he was a junior member of the management team that built and successfully sold Orion Power Holdings, Inc., a $4 billion wholesale energy company. Rahul has also been a Director of Corporate Investment and Development for Starwood Hotels where he focused on large acquisitions and new build projects. Earlier in his career, Rahul was as an analyst within the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. Rahul also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services group. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2004 and a B.A. in mathematical economics in 1996 from Colgate University where he was also captain of the NCAA Division I men’s swim team. Rahul lives with his family in southern California.
Matt Gorin, StreetWise Partners Founder, Contour Venture Partners
Matt, the Founder of StreetWise Partners and former Chairman of StreetWise Partners for 12 years, is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Contour Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York. Matt was previously with Promontory Financial Group, a merchant banking firm focused on the financial services sector, where he helped launch Promontory Interfinancial Network. Previously he worked for Red Hat as Business Development Manager in its Strategic Planning & Corporate Development group. Matt also worked at Morgan Stanley within its strategic venture capital fund, concentrating on making investments in early-stage financial services companies. Prior to entering business school, he was a turnaround consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services group. Matt received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. in Economics and American Studies from Brandeis University, where he was an NCAA Academic All-American for tennis.
Puneet Arora, PwC
Puneet Arora is a Tax Principal at PricewaterhouseCooper, where he has worked since 2001. Puneet heads the Sovereign Wealth Fund Tax practice in Asset Management for the US firm. Previously he was a Senior Associate at J.S. Arora & Co. Puneet graduated with honors in Business Administration & Finance in India. He also has his Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Delhi and his Master of Laws in US taxation from New York University. He has had several articles published in the Journal of Taxation of Financial Products, Journal of International Taxation and the International Tax Review.
Seung Bak, Luvie Holdings
Seung Bak is the CEO and co-founder of Olmo (olmo.io), a mobile networking service launching in Q1 of 2019. Seung is also Managing Partner of Luvie Holdings, an investment firm that creates or invests in businesses across a variety of industries and situations. Previously, Seung founded and ran Warner Bros. Digital Labs (fka DramaFever Corp.), an online video technology platform focused on niche SVOD streaming services. Seung was the CEO and co-founder of DramaFever, leading the company since its inception in 2009 to raise multiple rounds of venture funding, run two M&A processes, and generate >10x return on invested capital as well as liquidity for employees. Prior to founding DramaFever, Seung was Chief Marketing Officer for Capital IQ, a leading provider of information services to the global financial community. Seung served a variety of marketing, sales, strategy, finance, and operational roles in helping Capital IQ grow from a seed stage startup to a $400+ million revenue business. Previously, he was an investment banker at CapitalKey Advisors, the precursor to Capital IQ, where he advised venture-stage and middle-market companies. Seung is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on the board of the NYC Chapter. Seung earned a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester.
David Baxter, Morgan Stanley
David is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where he works in Capital Planning. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, David worked in the Financial Markets practice at PwC, advising clients on accounting and valuation matters. David started volunteering with StreetWise Partners in 2010, serving as both a mentor and officer for 10 cycles of the Career Ventures program. David served as Co-Chair of the StreetWise Partners Program Board for two years from 2014 to 2016. He graduated with a Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kalamazoo College. David is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
Jon Clifton, Gallup
Jon Clifton is a Managing Partner at Gallup and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. His mission is to help the world’s 7 billion citizens be heard through the Gallup World Poll, a 100-year initiative in 160 countries to measure the “will” of every person in the world. He is responsible for the company’s global government work and is a member of the Public Release Committee, the governance board that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research and methodology. Jon is a nonresident Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and a member of the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration’s International Business Advisory Board. He serves on the board of directors of the Meridian International Center and StreetWise Partners. Jon received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a J.D. in international law from the University of Nebraska. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Brian Dolan, Barclays
Brian is a Managing Director at Barclays Capital. He is responsible for several areas within technology including the award-winning “Barclays Capital Live” Research and Ecommerce platform. Prior to Barclays, Brian was at Lehman Brothers for eighteen years. He was based in London for six years and Tokyo for eight years (where he was Chief Technology Officer for Asia). Since 2004 he has lived and worked in New York. Brian became involved with StreetWise (as an officer) in 2007 and became the organization’s champion when he transitioned to Barclays in 2008. He was instrumental in helping establish the New Jersey program in the Barclays Jersey City office. Brian was born and raised in Ireland and has a business degree from University College Dublin.
Padma Elmgart, Deutsche Bank
Padma Elmgart is the CIO for Risk, Finance, Treasury (RFT) and Strategy Execution Lead – Americas. Padma is responsible for the oversight of technology resources and delivery of services including Architecture to ensure the long-term stability, sustainability and reliability of the platforms for the firm to operate in a controlled environment and meet regulatory obligations.
Padma joined the Deutsche Bank in 2011. Padma began her career as a chemical engineer and entered the financial industry 19 years ago. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Padma worked at Barclays, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan in various technology roles. Padma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from University College London.
Benjamin Finzi, Deloitte Consulting
Benjamin Finzi is a Global Managing Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and leads Deloitte’s CEO Program. He founded and previously led Deloitte’s New York Greenhouse, where he designed and facilitated hundreds of immersive “lab” experiences for CEOs and their leadership teams. Previously Finzi was a senior member of Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy practice and a co-founder and president of a private equity-backed 300-person telecommunications provider. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Tel Aviv University and his MBA from INSEAD. He joined the StreetWise board in 2017.
Todd Greenbarg, Avenue Capital Group
Mr. Greenbarg is a Senior Managing Director and General Counsel of Avenue Capital Group. He is responsible for legal matters across the firm’s strategies. Mr. Greenbarg focuses on all areas affecting the firm’s management companies and funds, including structuring new investment products, drafting all constituent documents for the funds and general contract work. Prior to joining Avenue in 2003, Mr. Greenbarg was an Associate in the Investment Funds practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he specialized in the formation, structuring and development of private equity funds, institutional funds, hedge funds and other private investment partnerships. Mr. Greenbarg received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, with Honors (1997) and a J.D. from New York University School of Law (2000). He joined the StreetWise Board in 2017.
David Kurzweil, Latham & Watkins LLP
David Kurzweil is a partner in the new York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions and general public company representation. David has a broad array of experience in both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, which includes representation of principals, special committees, private equity and leveraged buyout funds, and financial advisors. David has also represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in numerous debt and equity securities offerings, and has provided general corporate advice to both public and private companies. David has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Barbara Marder, Mercer
Barbara is a Global Innovation Leader for Mercer’s Talent business. She oversees an innovation team working on providing innovative options for Mercer in the talent acquisition space. She focuses specifically on creating new, data-driven predictive hiring technologies and gamification. Before this role, Barbara led Mercer’s Global Mobility practice, and before that she led two global businesses for Mercer’s Retirement segment — Global Defined Contribution Consulting and International Benefits Consulting. She joined the StreetWise board in 2017.
Bethany Menzies, The Ready Foundation
As Founder & Executive Director of The Ready Foundation LLC www.thereadyfoundation.com, Bethany is a hands on philanthropist working with at-risk and under-served groups across New York City’s five boroughs. Serving in board governance and strategic advisory roles with NYC non-profit organizations including The Door, StreetWise Partners and Gibney Dance, Bethany’s focus supports workforce development, economic development and education programs. In addition to her board roles, Bethany serves as a mentor and coach for young adults and alumni of Year Up and The Posse Foundation. Bethany’s experience is drawn from more than 20 years of work in the for-profit sector with consulting firms, “Fortune 500” corporations, and venture capital backed start-ups. She served in executive sales, marketing and business development leadership roles at Deloitte, Gartner and two venture backed start- ups after more than a decade at The Thomson Corporation. Bethany earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987, from the Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Marketing; graduating with honors.
Tom Richardson, Paulson & Co. Inc.
Tom Richardson is the Vice President of Tax at Paulson & Co., an alternative investment management company specializing in event driven investing. Previously he served as a Tax Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He joined the StreetWise board in 2015.
Molly Snyder, Jewish Board of Family and Children Services
Molly Snyder is a clinical social worker at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services. Prior to that she founded Metropolitan Moms, a company that runs various educational classes at galleries, museums, and other cultural institutions throughout New York City for people of all ages. The company has been featured on CNN, New York Magazine, Fox News, and CBS, among others. Molly started her career at Goldman Sachs in investment banking in New York and London and then went to work at the New York City Investment Fund providing funding and mentoring to companies affected by 9/11. Molly received her MBA and MSW from Columbia University. She lives in Tribeca with her husband Andy, and children Sara and Sam.