Jeremy Green is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Redmile Group, LLC, an investment firm that focuses on the health care sector. Prior to founding Redmile, Jeremy was cofounder and director of research at Steeple Capital and an analyst at Andor Capital. Prior to moving to the US in 2004, Jeremy was a managing director at Citigroup and head of the European Healthcare Research Team covering medical technology, biotech, and health care services. Jeremy has a master’s degree (biological sciences) from Oxford University. Having previously been a Trustee and non-executive director of Prince of Wales Foundation, he currently serves as a chairman of Prince’s Trust USA. Jeremy previously served on the board of directors of Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR). Jeremy is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Kate James worked for three decades in communications and branding most recently as Chief Corporate Affairs & Global Marketing Officer for Pearson where she lead their efforts to build a global education brand and an innovation driven culture. A passionate advocate for the private sector’s role in tackling some of the world’s toughest development challenges she also oversaw the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and the company’s social impact work.
Prior to joining Pearson, Kate was Chief Communications’ Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before Gates she held senior leadership roles in the financial services industry including global head of communications at Citibank and leading the advocacy and sustainability practice at Standard Chartered Bank. Kate serves on the boards of the National Audubon Society, World Reader, Unreasonable Group and chairs the Vital Voices’ Board. A graduate of Cambridge University, Kate moved to the US in 2005 and currently lives in California.
Rudyard W. Ceres is a Partner in Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP’s Corporate and International Practice Groups where he focuses his practice on domestic and international small and medium size enterprises and owner/operated businesses. Mr. Ceres assists clients in such areas as asset portfolio management (including real estate), international corporate transactions, commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitrations. Mr. Ceres represents both individuals and companies ranging from start-ups to large and middle market companies, including non-profits. He also represents foreign governments in attracting foreign direct investments, focusing primarily on Africa and the Caribbean.
Mr. Ceres is well versed in handling international trade issues, including export controls, import regulations, economic sanctions, anti-bribery, international arbitration, regulatory compliance, and has worked as a liaison for his clients in the United Nations. Prior to joining the Freeborn team, Mr. Ceres spent a decade with an AMLAW 50 firm, and he served as the international partner for two U.S. law firms.
Mr. Ceres’s experience also includes international asset management and working closely with high-net-worth individuals as well as private equity, hedge fund and charitable organizations to protect and grow their asset bases. Accordingly, Mr. Ceres is able to complement his legal skills with his role as a trusted advisor to manage and mitigate his clients’ legal and business risks on a global basis.
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Liz Weikes is a Managing Director and Wealth Partner at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management. As the founding partner of her team, Liz draws on her blended capabilities to offer family office wealth management and high-level executional services. With more than 17 years of experience helping clients navigate complex wealth planning, Liz has earned a reputation for executional excellence with her clients, comprised of ultra-high-net-worth families, C-suite executives, and foundations. She is a member of the J.P. Morgan Wealth Management Portfolio Manager Program and manages her clients’ assets holistically with a family office-style model. She offers comprehensive investment strategies and active portfolio management, and the capabilities of JPMorgan Chase important to her clients, including philanthropic advisory, estate planning, banking, and lending.
A graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, Liz took a nontraditional path to Wall Street and began her career at the British Embassy working for the Department of International Trade. She joined a J.P. Morgan predecessor firm in 2006, managing money for wealthy families and trading for institutions.
Liz is dedicated to supporting financial literacy and educational opportunities in her industry, and has aligned her charitable and mentorship support alongside diversity and inclusion efforts to empower youth.
Romero Britto is an international artist known for his vibrant work, which has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries, including the Carrousel de Louvre and MuseoSoumaya. He has created public art installations for the O2 Dome in Berlin, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, Cirque Du Soleil at Super Bowl XLI, and has been credited with the largest monumental sculpture in London’s Hyde Park history. He has also collaborated with international brands such as Audi, Bentley, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Evian, Hasbro, Hublot, and Universal Pictures. Britto has donated time, art, and resources to more than 250 charitable organizations. He holds a seat on several boards including The Prince’s Trust USA, The Best Buddies International and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. A believer in that role of an artist as an agent of positive change, Romero Britto is committed to developing and supporting the role art will continue to play in world issues.
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Sam Kellie-Smith is the Global Head of Fixed Income and Commodities at Morgan Stanley. He is a member of the Firm’s Operating and Management Committees and the Firm Risk Committee.
Sam joined Morgan Stanley in 1997. He served as Global Head of Trading in the Institutional Equity Division from 2009 to 2015, Head of Asian Trading for the Equity Division in Hong Kong from 2005-2008 and as the Head of Derivative Trading in London from 2000 to 2004. Sam was promoted to Managing Director in 2003.
He has been in the financial services industry since 1995, having started his career with Swiss Bank Corporation as a FX options trader. He graduated from City University Business School with a First Class Honors degree in Banking and International Finance.
Stephen C Byrd
Stephen C Byrd, is the Founder and CEO, of Front Row Productions, Inc., a Broadway and West End theatrical production company, who’s mandate is Diversity and Inclusion. Stephen, has been producing for over 17 years, and is the recipient of multiple Tony Award nominations, as well as the Olivier Award. Prior to pivoting to the entertainment sector, Stephen was an Investment banker with Goldman, Sachs in M&A. Stephen is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance.
Stephen serves on the Broadway League, Board of Governors, and the Board of Directors for City College of New Yorks Performing Arts Center.
Stephen and his producing Partner, established The Front Row Productions/Columbia University Fellowship, for aspiring young theatre producers.
Victoria joined the Prince’s Trust in 2018, bringing her 20 years of strategic client and business development experience to support the Trust’s launch in the USA. More specifically, Victoria has spent most of the last decade on patron development for non-profit institutions and foundations, focusing on business growth initiatives, strategic partnerships and fundraising event management.
Prior to her work in the non-profit sector she was a Senior Vice President at Sotheby’s, primarily responsible for global client strategy of the Jewelry and Watch division, the company’s third largest revenue generator after the C.20th Fine Art Departments. She worked with the international teams to cultivate and engage new clients as well as enhance existing relationships, with the objective of increased transactional activity. In addition, she successfully planned and executed key sale-week programs for targeted clients, on a regional and global basis.
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, graduating with a Masters in History & History of Art from Edinburgh University, Victoria lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage daughters.
DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY
Alison joined the Prince’s Trust USA in January 2022 as Director of Philanthropy with over 17 years of principal and major giving, event, and strategic fundraising experience. She was previously the Director Principal Gifts and Director of Development, New York at Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign where she developed and led the New York market as well as their national $100 million growth fund.
Alison started her fundraising career in politics as the Finance Director for various re-election campaigns such as Congressman Rush D. Holt, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. She went on to become a Development Officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine, closing several six, seven, and eight figure gifts for various medical research priorities and hospital initiatives.
She holds a master’s degree from the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, and volunteers for various nonprofits in the Tristate area.