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Max Boot is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and the Los Angeles Times, and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and other publications. He is author of the bestselling book, Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present (2013).
Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D is the Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. She has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Program since its founding in 2006 and has organized several award-winning and top-attended scholarly exhibitions of modern and contemporary Asian art. Munroe is former Vice President of Japan Society, New York, and former director of its museum. She is a trustee of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and the United States-Japan Foundation, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
Ben Nelson is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Minerva Project. In 2012, Minerva Project received a $25 million seed investment from Benchmark Capital and has since launched the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship and the Minerva Schools, a reinvented university experience for the brightest and most motivated students that provides an interdisciplinary curriculum using an advanced interactive learning platform. Prior to Minerva, Ben spent more than 10 years at Snapfish, an online photo sharing and storage service, where he served as CEO from 2005 to June 2010. During his tenure as CEO, he lead Snapfish’s sale to Hewlett Packard for $300M. Previously, Ben was president and CEO of Community Ventures, a network of locally branded portals for America’s communities. Ben holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. It was at Penn that Ben first realized his passion for reforming undergraduate education.
Gerry Ohrstrom is a private investor in New York City and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation. He is or has been a director of various corporations and nonprofit organizations, including the Reason Foundation, the Santa Fe Institute, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Gruter Institute, the Property and Environment Research Center, Africa Fighting Malaria, the International Policy Network, the Booker T. Washington Learning Center, the Museum of the Rockies, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. He has been Co-Chairman of the President's Council at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is a member of the New York Academy of Science.
Robert Rosenkranz has, as principal, overseen the growth of varied businesses over the course of his career, in fields as diverse as lawn and garden products, home improvement, natural gas utilities, investment management, and insurance. Most recently, he sold Delphi Financial Group, an NYSE listed insurance company he controlled, to Tokio Marine Group. He serves on the board of directors for the Manhattan Institute and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He is also a member of the Yale University Council, the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A graduate of Yale University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1962) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1965), he was a tax lawyer with the New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel and an economist with The RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance. In 1969, he joined Oppenheimer & Company, where he was a general partner, when he left to form Rosenkranz & Company in 1978. Mr. Rosenkranz lives in Manhattan in an apartment that reflects his interests in Asian art and modern design. He has two adult children, Nicholas and Stephanie, and is married to Alexandra Munroe, Ph.D., a senior curator at the Guggenheim Museum.
Mortimer D.A. Sackler serves as a member of the Board of privately held Purdue Pharma and the associated international pharmaceutical companies since 1988. He is an active investor and venture capitalist having helped found and develop numerous companies, through his holding company Stillwater, across the technology, consumer goods and hospitality sectors. Mortimer serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Board of Directors of the Guggenheim Museum.
Ross Sandler is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School. He is the author of numerous publications on environmental law, transportation, and government issues. In 2003, Yale University Press released his new book, Democracy by Decree: What Happens When Courts Run Government, written with Professor David Schoenbrod.
Dan Stern is Founder and Co-CEO of Reservoir Capital Group, a New York-based investment management firm. Prior to founding Reservoir in 1998, Dan was President of Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment advisory firm, and previously worked with the Burden Family in New York and the Bass Family in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Stern has participated in the formation and development of numerous investment management entities, including Starwood Capital, Och-Ziff Capital Management, HBK Investments, Ellington Capital Management, and Anchorage Capital, among others. Mr. Stern is President of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He is a trustee of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (PBS Channel 13), DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids), the Allen-Stevenson School, the Big Apple Circus, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.