Shazi Visram is a mother and entrepreneur committed to bettering the world through business that is socially, financially, and environmentally enlightened. Visram is the Founder and ChairMom of Happy Family Brands which she led to become the #1 organic baby food company in the US, with disruptive innovations like squeezable and transparent pouches. Visram's business focus is rooted in an unflinching dedication to the health and wellness of children and families around the world. As an advocate of social entrepreneurship, Visram is actively engaged with companies innovating for a brighter future with board seats at several ventures. Visram also holds a seat on the Board of Overseers at her alma mater, Columbia Business School.
Paul S. Levy
Paul S. Levy is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of JLL Partners, which manages four investment partnerships with committed capital of $3.5 billion. Before JLL, Mr. Levy was a Managing Director at Drexel Burnham Lambert, CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Inc., New York; Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of Quality Care, Inc.; and an attorney with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Mr. Levy earned a B.A. from Lehigh University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Pieter Wolters is the Managing Director of DSM Venturing and Vice-President of the DSM Innovation Center. Prior to joining DSM in 2012 he was the CEO of OrthAlign, Inc., an orthopedic surgical navigation company and the CEO of IsoTis, Inc., a regenerative medicine company. Pieter worked the first decade of his career in international M&A and investment management in Europe. He holds a law degree from Leiden University in The Netherlands. Pieter works and lives in Boston, MA, USA.
Fokko Wientjes is Vice President Nutrition in Emerging Markets & Public Private Partnerships at DSM, responsible for developing DSM’s consumer food business in emerging markets, and leading the WFP, UNICEF and World Vision partnerships. Since joining DSM in 1988, Fokko has been a Regional Director in South America, General Manager in Cairo, Egypt and HR director in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. He holds a Masters degree in Psychology.
Dr. Rob Beudeker is a Senior Investment Manager at DSM Venturing and Director for Nutrition and Health at the Top Institute for Food and Nutrition (TiFN). Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Innovation for Human Nutrition & Health at DSM Nutritional Products. Dr. Beudeker has an MSc in biology and PhD in microbiology from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He did his post-doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin in molecular biology and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rotterdam and University of Rochester.